Pedal Power! (Days 26 and 27)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Yesterday and today were amazing. They were my first two days back in the saddle since my vacation.

I didn't feel the difference right away. My first trip in to work I thought I might be going a little slower than usual, but maybe it was just getting used to be back on a bike again. On the way home in the afternoon, my legs felt great, but I didn't notice anything different until I started my way up the first of two difficult hills on the route - standing on the pedals. Normally I can't do that for more than a few seconds because my muscles start feeling shaky, so imagine my surprise when I made it all the way up the hill, and then continued to power my way along as if I had new legs! After the most challenging part, I was going about 9 miles an hour on an incline that I normally take at about 6.5 or 7. Then I did it on the second and even more challenging hill. I really am getting stronger, and I'm very psyched!

Today, feeling encouraged, I did it again. I even threw in a few extra bursts of standing on the pedals, with success.

The weather has been pretty hot and muggy. They say that last month was the hottest month on record here in the D.C. area since they started keeping records (ca. 1872). I can believe that.

In spite of the temperature, I seem to be able to stay comfortable. I always ride with a Camelbak filled with cold water, my clothes wick perspiration away, and I have a shower waiting for me near each end of the trail.. Yesterday I discovered that it's helpful to have a washcloth on hand that I can use to wipe my face and neck with cool water from the Camelbak. It really makes a difference. Another thing I might try is freezing wet washcloths, and carrying a couple of those along. I used to do that for my daughter sometimes when she was playing soccer in extreme weather.

That's all I have to report for now. Weather permitting (mainly thunderstorms), I'll be back out there tomorrow.
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  • no profile photo CD2112467
    Awesome! You are doing so very well!
    3441 days ago
    I'm glad to hear this is going so well for you! (Sorry I've been out of touch, but moving is a busy time.)
    3442 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    A cool washcloth has worked wonders for my running when I overheat easily! You are getting so much stronger, I am so proud of you!!! I'm gonna steal some mojo to get my butt in gear this week! HUGS! Great job!
    3447 days ago
    You might look for a cooling neck wrap (Here is a link to one place that sells them -
    . I have one that I used to use when I mowed my yard several years ago. They work great. There are some polymer crystals inside the wrap and when you soak it in cold water it stays cool for several hours. I haven't gotten one, but I have seen dog bandannas that have the same thing in the area right around the dog's neck. That's an idea anyway.

    Enjoyed your blog. Maybe one of these days I will be able to get me a bike.
    3452 days ago
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