Rain Garden Nerdiness and CX Races

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5

This morning, I could barely get out of bed, I was so sore from the digging yesterday. You name it, I swear it hurt. My back and legs felt like somebody had beaten them, hard. I wouldn’t’ve been surprised to see bruises — it feels like that, anyway. I think it’ll take my back a long time to return to the normal level of discomfort.

So, I think we’ve firmly established one thing we are not good at: manual labor.

But we ARE good at nerdiness. Thus, I offer you a chart of our ditch depth. The blue line shows what the ditch would look like from the side, if we could see it in cross-section. The red line indicates 22″, our goal depth.

Depth Chart

Ian calculated that we removed about 80% of the dirt that needs moving, or, put another way, we have 20% of the ditch digging left. That 80% works out to be about 62 cubic feet of dirt moved yesterday.

Doggone it. And I have to write off next Saturday for cycling, too (apparently I missed a really great ride to Leavenworth yesterday — argh!).

On the bright side, today I got to go watch the cyclocross (from here out abbreviated CX) races at Marymoor, with church squeezed in. Spectating at the races was a lot of fun, and I even got my own free cowbell to ring at future races. Cowbells are a feature of cheering at CX races, and I love it. Of course, I love anything that lets me make lots of noise… Anyway, I saw I think four or five racers that I knew on the field, and got to hang out with Dean and Team Pedal Dynamics under their tent during the windy/rainy part of the afternoon.

In general the atmosphere at CX races is really enjoyable — everybody seems pretty relaxed, out to race but more importantly have fun. The courses are very spectator-friendly and they’re closer in to where people live, so spouses and kids come to cheer, which adds a really fun dynamic. There are races for kids, too. Plus, you get to see racers exhibiting great (or terrible) bike handling skills. My favorite part is watching them dismount and remount at the barriers. Here’s how not to do it.

For the record, here’s how to do it.

Some people have encouraged me to try CX racing. Although I like watching it, my bike handling skills are so abysmal, I think it would not go at all well. Truth be told, off-road riding scares the crap out of me. SO, I’m keeping my two wheels firmly on asphalt for now, thanks very much.