Above: Training for Pelatonia any which way I can at all hours of the day. Whatever I need to do, whenever I need to do it, I try to do it by bike, including selling a bike I was riding around the recent Summer Flea in the Short North. (Said bike was sold to a man named Billy.)
Pelatonia, how did you sneak up on me? Can Aug. 19-21 already be looking me straight in the face?
I'm glad I've been running errands by bike all over central Ohio and working in a few rural 70-milers (on a proper road bike) to teach the legs a lesson or two.
Yes, "Big Legs Beck" is the name the people at Jeni's gave me and I'm trying to make the nickname stick and live up to that lofty moniker by cranking out the big miles.
I did some hardcore Pelatonia training during the weekend, including 30-ish mile thrift store tour to replenish my stock of vintage T-shirts. (Gotta have something to sell Oct. 9 at the Fall Flea, which again will include Jeni's Mobile Dipping Division.)
My thrift circuit rider is a second-hand, '90s Gary Fisher Aquila mountain bike outfitted with a rear rack and a front basket, fenders, lights, bottle cages, asphalt-friendly slicks, and bungee cords. Original color scheme: silver and black. An after-market powder coat job rendered it light gold, hence the nickname downtown messengers gave it years ago: The Goldwing.
I obey all traffic laws, but to max out my time on the bike I ride as hard as I possibly can to each store.
On Saturday, I trained for Pelotonia by riding from Grandview to the Ohio Thrift at S. High and I-270, barreled over to the Ohio Thrift near Cooper Stadium, then rode dead west into the sun to do a little more sport shopping at the Volunteers of America near the neighborhood of New Rome.
Thirty-some miles of city riding on a bike that, loaded down, feels like it weighs as much as one of Jeni's Mobile Dipping Division's ice cream carts, I swear wears me out as much as any 70- to 80-mile rural route ride.
Pelotonia, I hear you calling and I think I'm ready for you.
Thanks, Goldwing.Above: Big Legs Beck's "Goldwing" in front of Jeni's headquarters in Grandview Heights. The all-around town Pelotonia trainer has served its purpose. On Saturday, the day of the 100-mile Columbus-to-Athens leg of the cancer research fundraising/awareness ride, Big Legs plans to pedal something a tad more light, swift, and 100-mile friendly.