The LONG Way Home...!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Only 45 this morning! Woo hoo! Off I go, gloves forgotten yet again...lol!
Passed another biking milestone today...that nasty hill down the road from our house: have had to granny-gear it down to the VERY lowest gear. However: the last time I was able to avoid using the lowest four gears. Today? Another four gears higher...legs are getting stronger! I can feel it when I run my hands over them...more streamlined and defined!
Still won't go public in my bike (aka: *dorky*) shorts...lol! Wore 'em underneath my jeans today.
Anyhow...I was so eagerly anticipating my ride home throughout the day today...just kept thinking about how beautiful the day was and how when I hit the road the SKY'S the LIMIT and where can my legs take me today...?
For me, the greatest challenge in biking is conquering hills. For level terrain I feel like I can go and go and go! So I returned to a hill I nailed a little bit ago, however hadn't gone quite to the top as I thought I had...turned left too soon to go down a street which I mistakenly thought was the one I intended to go down.
Today I was going to nail that hill good and proper, right up to the top!
Well, I thought the next left turn up at the top was just a little further up the road.
I kept pedaling, pedaling, rounding each bend figuring it was the last, but it wasn't...this infernal hill (which I drove up many, many memory-hazed years ago...!) was probably DOUBLE the distance I had traveled the FIRST time when I turned left too soon!
I get wobbly when I'm granny-gearing it for a long time...tiny zig-zags left & right...some of them were just a paper thin distance from taking me into the gravel of the shoulder and would have finished my ride and doomed me to *the walk of shame*.
But I prevailed and made it ALL THE WAY UP! I couldn't BELIEVE IT!
AND: my backside is decidedly tougher with fewer aches & pains.
Sit Bones of Steel!
...or so I WISH...lol!
But hey...it's all progress and it's all so SO GOOD! Over 25 miles total biking today...9 in a.m. and 16 this evening.
Discovered a couple new biking events coming up this summer which I'll be sharing with my local SparkTeam.
Hoping this FROST they're calling for tonight is a false alarm. I'm aiming for more some more of the Great Wide Open!
Get ready to FIRE UP your FRIDAY! :-)