My Final December Challenge Post

I didn’t ride my bike at all yesterday. I have all kinds of excuses for whimping out. For one, I had to go in for my Covid booster shot at 9:40 a.m. I had cancelled a previous appointment a few weeks ago and I felt it wouldn’t be right to cancel another one just because I wanted to go for a bike ride before the snow started moving in.

Sure enough, as I drove home from the pharmacy where I got my shot, the roads were already snowy and more big flakes were falling. I’m hoping the picture at the top of the page will explain my second excuse for not riding today.

My third excuse was that I had to prepare myself for shoveling the snow out of my driveway after the storm passed. That task wasn’t too hard, but it segues into my fourth excuse: When I had finished shoveling my arm was kind of sore. Before too long my whole body was achy and it lasted throughout the night.

Since my first two covid vaccinations back in May, I have never passed up an opportunity to brag about how I had absolutely no ill-effects from either one of them. I could not believe how this half-dose booster affected me.

The good news is that I felt much better this morning. That bad news is that it is -2 degrees (F). I love being able to translate that into -19 (C) because that sound so much colder. Heck, it was almost as cold as Arizona out there. No excuses today though. I went for a short bike ride but didn’t bother to take my mittens off for ABCDESQ photos. Nevertheless, here are a couple of consolation photos:

This is a picture of the Christmas card The Feeshko’s mom sent me. My mother-in-law is so thoughtful. The card includes three things I connect with every single day. Coffee, bicycle, dog. And pertinent to the December challenge I see Antlers, Dog/Deer, Collar, Espresso, Bag, Star, Boots, Cup, Saucer, Sunglasses, Suspenders, Beard, Santa Claus, Canopy, Coffee Shop, Cap, Bike.

I made my first snow angel of the season. Hey! That’s and “S” and an “A”.

And here’s a New Year’s greeting card from the Czar.

Speaking of the Czar, he will be making a special announcement tomorrow regarding the January challenge.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

6 response to "My Final December Challenge Post"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: December 29, 2021

    Well done! Booster is even more important than bike, at the moment anyway.
    Minus 19, I can’t even imagine that. And on a bike? Never.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 29, 2021

    You could change Minnesota’s name to ‘New Siberia’
    A bit scared to get boosted as my second jab has left me with a sore arm when I do certain movements.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 29, 2021

    Good you got the booster, never had any issues with any of the Covid shots myself. Oh, a little sore arm maybe but, meh . . .
    Covid is going bat**** crazy in Illinois — taking every precaution available.

    Happy New Year to you as well Oh Great Challenge Czar!!

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: December 30, 2021

    Yeah, that third half dose knocked me down for about a day too. Sounds like I better get myself ready for cold coming our way. We’re in the midst of a heat wave right now with temps in the 30’s and even low 40’s.
    Happy New Year to you Mr. Czar!

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 30, 2021

    I hiked up nearby Bald Mountain during rare snowfall on Tuesday. No real accumulation, but it was definitely snowing steadily for a couple of hours before it started transforming into drizzle. I almost thought I was in Hastings!

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: December 31, 2021

    You know the F and C temp scales converge somewhere past -22? I am not so sure I like minus anything anymore. I’m trying to figure out how late in the season I’m willing to visit my parents this year (they live at 8,000 ft). Temperature is definitely a consideration – will probably skedaddle back to Oz in Sept instead of Oct! Hope you’ve bounced back after the booster. All three shots knocked me around… worse each time. But most certainly better than facing covid without much or any immunity.

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