The idea was to celebrate my 64th (god that sounds terrible) birthday by riding 64 miles but things got a bit complicated.
My daughter Lily decided that we should go to a Nationals baseball game for my birthday so last night I met her at the bike valet (I biked; she took Metro) and went inside the ballpark to watch the Nats take on the Milwaukee Brewers.
We bought two beers each at the center field bar’s happy hour and some fries and headed to our perch in Section 318. The extra beers were a money saving venture that backfired as the second beers became warm in the oppressive sauna of the Washington summer night.
The contest was entertaining. Lots of home runs. Just when you thought the Nationals were done for they came roaring back. They led by three runs into the ninth inning. I thought I’d get home by midnight (the ride takes about 1:20). The Nationals brought in their closer who was shelled like an oyster. Three home runs and the Brewers were ahead by one run. The Nats tied the score in the bottom of the night but stranded the winning run in scoring position.
They stayed tied until the Brewers took another lead only to surrender it. Again the Nats tied the game but left runners in scoring position. In the 14th inning the Brewers scored twice and the Nats scored once. End of game. It was now today. I had aged a year in 14 innings.
The 14 1/2 mile ride home was pretty great. A near full moon made up for the still, muggy air. I arrived home at 2:30, showered, and surrendered to the sandman at 3.
I awoke about 5 1/2 hours later and lazed around the house until 11:30. It was once again hazy, hot, and humid outside. This, combined with my bleary, sleepy head, made me dread the idea of riding 64 miles, one mile for each year. But wait! I already had 14 1/2 miles in the bank because the ride home occurred well after midnight.
I climbed aboard Little Nellie and we rode to Bethesda and back, taking a lap of Hains Point for good measure. 50 miles done. Mission accomplished.
I need a nap.
6 thoughts on “Extra Innings”
Whatever gets you to your goal works. If you didn’t ride at all and posted 64 miles, no one would be the wiser and you could have slept in.
Great job doing the birthday ride in miles, instead of kilometers or even furlongs.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like you celebrated in the perfect way. You can always make up those bike miles when this heat wave breaks in a couple of days.
Happy birthday sir! You should really treat yourself to something better than water…err bud light at the ball game lol. I don’t envy you the humidity of the DC area, hope you get a break soon. I had intended to ride 55 kms in July for my birthday, didn’t happen, ok I’ll do 56 next year. Leo’s rule btw.