Sung to the tune of 12 days of Christmas (pick it up somewhere in the latter part of the chorus):
...15 strings of lights, 3 extension cords, one roll of duct tape, and a green tree has lit the front yard!
The decorate the outside tree project was projected by me to take only about 30 minutes or so to set up. I blew a few fuses in the $2.98 strings of lights from Wal-Mart before I wired it all correctly, taped all the sockets with duct tape to keep the rain out, and got the tree lit up like I wanted. Between the trips back and forth to Wal-Mart to buy more strings, climbing up and down the ladder, dealing with all of the spaghetti wrapping it around each limb - I was at it for about 4+ hours to do just the one tree.
I had a nice 40 mile ride on Sunday in the mist to wrap up a 12 hour training week. Being it was still deer hunting season, I avoided the heaviest hunted sections next to the trail and ended up doing two out and back trips to Summerset State Park from Indianola. Better safe than sorry as who knows if some hunter would mistake me for a deer?
December is turning out to be a decent base building month like it was last year. I am lifting weights on M/W/F, so total stress on the body has been pretty good with enough stiffness between my recoveries to remind me of my age. I've been going to the YMCA to take advantage of the leg press, rowing machine, and move what little iron I can compared to some of the gym rats in there. My body weight has trimmed down about 3 of the fall pounds that I had gained. This, in spite of me having nibbled here and there on some of the holiday delights that I have encountered.
December 2 - rode 24.6 miles for a duration of 1:34:32
December 4 - rode 5.57 miles for a duration of 00:33:43
December 5 - rode 5.58 miles for a duration of 00:32:00
December 6 - rode 29.3 miles for a duration of 1:58:20
December 7 - rode 23.2 miles for a duration of 1:37:48
December 9 - rode 23.2 miles for a duration of 1:35:30
December 10 - rode 18.4 miles for a duration of 1:09:27
December 12 - rode 23.7 miles for a duration of 1:29:50
December 13 - rode 17.4 miles for a duration of 1:11:19
December 14 - rode 27.5 miles for a duration of 2:07:46
December 16 - rode 18.3 miles for a duration of 1:21:53
December 17 - rode 18.4 miles for a duration of 1:14:00
December 18 - rode 21.5 miles for a duration of 1:05:00
December 19 - rode 17.4 miles for a duration of 1:57:11
December 21 - rode 40.3 miles for a duration of 2:42:13
December Totals: 314.35 miles -- 22:10:35 hours
Tara and Alexa are making homemade pizza tonight with salmon, pesto, buffalo mozzarella, and sun dried tomatoes. Yum!