Jeff R and I have been talking for ages about riding fixed gear bikes together and we finally got our shit organized today. Yes. As a bonus we were joined by RC R and Greg and Suzie K. Good times.
Today is literally my second ride of any length on any bike other than my Town Bike since switching over to running so I was pretty psyched.
It was great! The weather was cold but nothing was frozen and the roads were nice and dry. I managed to dress perfectly and the company was awesome. All morning I floated from conversation to conversation and they were 1) interesting and 2) luckily not all about cycling. Funny that. I love to ride but hearing a bunch of bike dorks prattle on and on about gear, watts, races, etc. gets OLD. Hell, it got old about a decade ago. It's so refreshing to talk about skiing or kids or the last time you got drunk or what kind of music you are into now or that super hot new employee at the office. That last one is purely hypothetical.
I was doing okay until we descended Seattle Hill Road and then I Had to grab a handful of brakes. Yikes, that one got my legs moving.
Climbing back up Broadway was a pleasure for once. Probably because I was not trying to keep up with anyone and we talked the whole way. Note to self: go for a social ride more often as it makes you rediscover how pretty some of the these routes are.
We did punch it up that last climb into Woodinville… it's only proper I suppose. Not sure if I have ever gone easy up that in my life actually. It's always been super hard or I have been on the verge of tipping over because I was so trashed.
As we got close to Bothell Everyone except Jeff and I went home and the two of us did an extra credit loop to add some distance since we had driven to the start. That was my first time up Norway Hill on my fixed gear and I thought Jeff (42x15) was going to break his legs! Ouch. But he did an amazing job and is obviously quite a bit stronger than I am. Descending down Juanita back to the car I thought for a moment I was going to make it without touching the brakes but then I caved. Or rather my legs reached their limit. That on-the-edge feeling of being totally spun and not having the option of coasting is not really a good one. :)
|Breakfast||6:00 AM - 2 bananas, almond butter, water|
7:00 AM - applesauce, walnuts, egg
|Workout Food||large bottle w/3 scoops Perpetuem|
|Time of Day||8:00 AM|
|Weather||low to upper 30s, dry, calm|
|Equipment||Single Speed Bike|
|Clothing||Sugoi shoe covers, Roubaix knickers, leg warmers, Craft long sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, heavy long sleeve jersey, OR Gripper gloves, cap|