April 12, 2010

Love at First Bike

I took my new bike out for its first real ride, a 78-miler on Sunday in picture perfect weather. I was a little nervous as I headed out - What if I didn't like it? What if I were uncomfortable and wanted to end early? What if I were missing my old bike? But the nerves and questions melted away just a few short miles into the ride and I realized that being on a road bike is far more my style. I felt relaxed and comfortable, like I could handle any challenge the road threw my way and as usual, there were a few.

This was also my first long ride since October and it felt fantastic. Last week's ride was mediocre at best so I was prepared for this to be another survival ride but it turned out to be far better. And that's saying a lot since my "rest" day Saturday consisted of a 10.4 mile hike in the Catskills with my friend Debbie. We were on the road at 7am and on the trail by 10 for a full day in the woods. My legs were a little achy from Friday's training and were screaming by the end of the hike but nothing can beat a beautiful day spent outdoors so I was willing to take the risk. I stretched, foam rolled and slept in compression tights so I'd have semi-fresh legs for Sunday and it seems to have worked.

Here are a few cool pics from our hike. There are ruins of an old Catskills hotel that are incredibly fun to explore.

1 comment:

  1. With the S2, its not a matter of you liking the bike. Its a matter of the bike liking you! Seems like it does! How did you find climbing on it? Did it do most of the work for you?!?!?



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