Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I had today off work and when I looked out it looked gray and a little ominous, but the temp was a balmy 45 F or so. What to do? Throw my bike in the car and head for my favorite bike path! By the time I got there, the sky was blue, day was fine, and off I went.
I'm not sure what went wrong...trail was very soft with occasional mud slicks and ice patches in the shade. I was exhausted early on, not sure if it was the trail conditions, something up with my bike (felt off though I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was), or maybe just an off day for me. I was feeling some aches in the area of several old injuries and ended up turning around early. Got back okay, bike tires and lower parts solidly caked in mud. Threw a chain (first time).
Still, I felt good to have gotten out. I'll take a closer look at my ride this evening and if I can't figure out what seems out of place I'll take it in for a more experienced evaluation. And the beneficiary of the short ride? My dog, who got to go on a nice long walk since I didn't want to waste such a great day!