Above freezing with sunshine? Say what? Spring is here! Time to reunite with my buddy after 4 months of hibernation. I kicked out the door Saturday noon (literally, door was stuck!) with my bike to kickoff the season!
I wanted an easy short route to regain the feel of my bike & assess its health. Plus, I was excited to finally meet and ride with Garry & Adrienne, both mountain bikers at heart! I originally planned a there and back on a familiar route to reduce prep work. Then Friday night at 10pm, I thought, “Um, that’s boring!” and mapped out a looped route to try out new roads. Procrastination at its finest!
I was so thrilled to be back. The first thought that came to mind was, “Wow, this is easier than spinning!” It took a few km’s to regain basic skills like getting on & off a bike without steering off to the side. It’s strange but after every winter hiatus, I lose balancing skills!
I was surprised to see lots of cyclists on the road – drivers must be pleased of our return! Everything came flooding back: the rush, the serenity of the suburbs, going from cities to cities without a car, getting lost (yes, already!), constant lookout for McD’s washrooms, the awkwardness of stepping inside a coffee shop with spandex & helmet hair, and the grind up hills. The route had 2 long hills – an expected one at 15km; and one at 26km that hit us by surprise. It was winding with its steepest point at its peak. This region isn’t called Halton Hills for nothing! Oh how I missed the ability to eat and eat and not get full ….
3 hours after an entire pizza, I was hungry again. Fantastic ride guys! This was a nice distance to start off 2013. Next time, a little warmer & less road debris would be nice. A little Spring shower may do the trick!
Sunday was another gorgeous day and I couldn’t let it slip by without another short easy route (really short!). The aim was to try out my new saddle. I’ve been using a narrow men saddle for 2 years & have been wanting a cutaway saddle for, I don’t know … over a year? I just didn’t know what brand. After reading a review on Specialized Ruby & seeing it in a Bike Show last Fall, I knew exactly what I wanted once the price is right. Thanks to a certain someone for hunting down a good deal & another someone with a torque wrench, I can safely scratch off a 2013 wish item!
It was warmer & sunnier than Saturday but a tad windier. I felt a subtle difference with the new saddle, relieving some pressure. However, it was way too low which was strange since the seat post wasn’t adjusted last night! I probably looked like a numpty out there – I couldn’t extend my legs; when I pushed off the ground, I’d always lift myself too high & missed the seat which made it hard to start the bike in line. I resorted to cutting my route in half. This might be the shortest ride I’ve ever had on this bike. I’m okay with that – it wasn’t benefiting my knees at all!
That’s a wrap for the weekend, it was fun! Thank goodness it’s Spring!! 😀