18 February 2013

road ride

I know...! That's TWO rides in TWO days for me. You'd almost think I was a cyclist or something.

Yesterday was a test ride so to speak. I wanted to find out how my ankle would tolerate riding and if needed I could have bailed across I-90 cutting the distance in half. As it turns out I did not need to cut the ride short and so today I decided to add a couple of hills into the mix.

The result? A resounding success.

When I got home my left ankle looked as good as it has since I first sprained it meaning the swelling is going down.

Funny interesting how fragile the human mind/spirit is and how quickly you can go from pretty down in the dumps to this.


It's also funny (for real this time) how I thought this route was going to be longer than the Lake WA loop I rode yesterday... I guess it's been quite some time since I have ridden this way.

I had a blast. And I a couple of great encounters.

  • As I was riding back home on the Cedar River Trail I passed this guy going the other direction. He was perhaps 55 or 60 years old, riding a MTB, had on about 10 shirts/jackets but was wearing only shorts on his legs. What caught my eye wasn't the rear view mirror that this guy had mounted to his handlebars, rather it was the RUBBER CHICKEN that he had tied to his head tube. As we passed each other I could feel my face breaking into this enormous grin. And it stayed there as I started wondering why this chicken was still attached to his bike! Did he think it was cool? Had he attached it years ago and now was so used to it he simply didn't think about it? So many questions...
  • On my way north I had to stop for a light on Rainier Ave. This woman crossed the street and upon reaching my side turned her eyes toward me, smiled (revealing some missing teeth) and said, "Nice shades." I smiled back and said thanks. Then she said, "Nice bike too." Thanks for making my day partially toothless woman.

When I got home my back was much happier than after yesterday's ride. I made an effort to sit up a few times today to stretch and I also climbed out of the saddle a bit. Hey, it wasn't hurting my ankle.

I even managed to chase down two guys on the bike trail today. It's pretty easy to 'win' a race if you are the only person that knows you are racing. :)

Sleep 6
Waking HR  
Body Weight 12:00 PM - 175 lb.
Body Fat 6
Workout Food 2 large bottles each w/2 scoops Perpetuem, Hammer Bar
Time of Day 9:00 AM
Workout Type endurance
Weather low 40s, cloudy, dry sky, some damp roads
Time 2:41
Distance 45 miles
Equipment Redline Conquest Pro

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