So, I got up early to get a bike ride in, my first ride on my road bike since last summer! It felt horribly strange at first and I couldn't get my shoes clipped in for anything. My first attempt at mounting resulted in me tipping over. Thankfully, my alley is not paved so the only outcome was me getting a bit dirty.
Though my blue beauty is nearly 20 years old, her ride is as smooth and rich as butter. Makes me feel sorry for the rest.
Just a few quick thoughts from this ride:
- Going on a ride along Lake Washington on a spring morning before Monday workday is a fantastic way to start the week.
- Cherry blossoms in full bloom look like pink popcorn.
- Skinny tires + light weight = FAST downhill.
- Not having a chain ring that provides low gears makes me feel extra tough cranking up Seattle hills.
- My right quad fatigued/burned more than my left and I'm not sure what that means. One-legged squats are in order?
- Switching directly to my heavy, wide-tired commuter bike after riding the road bike made me sad because the commuter is so much more difficult to ride. It pretty much blows.
- Switching directly to my heavy, wide-tired commuter bike after riding the road bike then made me happy because I realize that the extra effort I exert to ride to/from work builds better fitness.
- Riding with a wet head under my helmet creates a better hairstyle than using a diffuser on the hair dryer. Yet another reason to bike commute.
Distance = 11.3 miles
Time = ~ 50-55 minutes (I forgot to check the clock)
Total elevation change = 1,714 feet
Total climb = 862 ft
Misc = Too many happy runners & cyclists to count but did see 1 eviscerated rat who probably wouldn't have felt happy if he could see himself.
I'm swamped with work but hoping to get caught up so I can read about Kia's recent 50k (Determined to Be Fit), Sarah's first marathon (Mommy to Marathon in Under 40), #SMCOL SoCal Ragnar Relay, and the Bloggers Do it Online Mt. Si Relay (Mom Vs Marathon & others).
Also, I have a medal hanger review/giveaway coming up!