My excitement for this weekend’s plans (nothing to do with beer) & “supposedly” amazing weather got me through last week of work. Both my squash lesson today & 5K race tomorrow are cancelled. My foot is feeling better. That means more time on the saddle! Let’s pull out that stash of energy bars.
I was expecting the sun when I woke up. Nope! FOG everywhere!! It wasn’t until noon when it cleared up but the sky was still quite gloomy. A long ride was not planned. I mapped out a “3-part” ride – whether to continue onto the next part depends on how my healing foot feels after each one. This will show me how badly my last 3 weeks of inactivity affected my endurance.
Before tackling part#1 (Route Map), I ventured to a nearby parking lot to ensure I still remembered how to bike. I’m not kidding. No one else has this problem. But I tend to lose my ability to balance when starting & stopping a bike if I stop biking for more than a month. Glad I did this; my 1st try was a horrible wobble.
No en route photos. Nothing captured my eyes, unless one finds terrifying roadkill or commercial roads interesting. I did get intrigued when I rode past headquarters of contractors I directly worked with. It felt amazing to be back on the road. Seeing & waving at fellow cyclists as we past each other. I love the cycling community! 🙂
The weather didn’t feel as warm as per forecasts. I wasn’t cold but by the time I completed “part 1” of the route, my feet were frozen even with my “Woolie Boolie” socks! I decided to take a quick rest. My right foot was aching. That was my call to stop. I aborted the other 2 parts without hesitation. I’m listening to my body for once. It baffled me I only did 25km today. Same distance last year wasn’t even a warm-up! But with my injury-prone body lately, I’m just glad I’m able to bike.