I haven’t been doing a lot of writing or riding lately.
There’s the nine days of torrential rain, with almost no let-up, dumped by three consecutive tropical storms as they queued up to make the Philippines their toilet bowl. There are the additional demands from my day job (yes, I do have one), as I get out of my comfort zone and try my jittery hand on things I haven’t quite done before. Most damning of all was the lack of online connectivity at home while the rains flooded Metro Manila.
Times like these are a good chance to sit back and think on what lies ahead…as you slave away on the turbo trainer. Hahaha!
I plan on redoing the Subic-Masinloc-Subic 200 km audax before 2018 ends. My 2015 attempt was more of a happy accident (hence the name of this blog), where I basically went into it alone and met friends along the way. I had been planning on a repeat for a while but things have always gotten in the way. This time, I have teammates from VPx who are planning the same thing. Yeah yeah, maybe the Subic-Masinloc-Subic 200 km audax isn’t such a big deal, as the course is relatively flat (compared to the hilly, knee-breaking, lung-busting Audax Rizal 200 km brevet), and many have completed it, but it’s still something I want to do while I can. I have a feeling I won’t fare too well with audax distances longer than 300 km anyway.
With Bino and Hyro getting the lion’s share of my attention the past few years, I’ve neglected other things a little too long. While I can still do product reviews and technical articles on bike parts, my resources won’t be going into them for a while as I get other things fixed. I might be able to sneak in reviews of consumables and wear parts, but nothing else major. That custom 700C wheelset I was eyeing to have built will have to wait a little longer.
Lastly there’s the saddle time. My present circumstances have cut into my total riding time, and I’m spending more and more of it indoors. I still try to get my outdoor riding time when I can, and you can bet I will share more stories from my saddle in the future.
Until then, though, stay safe everyone.