As promised, I took Brenda Starr Trek out for a shake-down spin, having successfully re-installed the repaired tire, and reattached the brake cable. This was the front wheel, so it should be the easy one... you know, with the click-it quick release and all that. Yeah, mechanical wimp here.
Being me, I opted to start out on the same side of town as the bike shop. Just in case. But I left the house so much earlier than the bike shop opens that it would not have made much difference.
Still, things went smoothly, and by the time I got to the turn off for the bike shop, I had pretty much made up my mind what kind of trip it would be: a 20 miler, at least. I was going to explore the connections between the bike trails and see if I could get all the way to my son's house. I wanted to see how much street travel might be involved in such a ride, and how awkward the transition between the trails that don't directly connect.
Turns out I was wise to allow myself a little leeway to get lost, because I explored a couple of nooks and crannies. But I did make it all the way to my son's house, with the odometer saying 12.5 miles when I cruised by. No, I did not ring the doorbell... I'm not that kind of a mother-in-law!
It was too early for the kids to be receiving.
I just rode on by a bit, then turned around and explored my way home. Total miles on the day, about 23.5. Then I quick changed into running shorts and did a brief mile and a quarter of walk/jog... for my second brick of the season.
Yes, I may not have as stringent a training plan for my upcoming triathlon, and I may be doing it "just to finish" and "as a workout, not a race"... but I'm at least making sure I'm still fit enough to go the distance, as time allows.
LIFE is good. Active life is the best.