I said I was going to get my bike on the road in March and I did it this weekend. It was going to be sunny and mid 40s on Saturday, so I decided to just go for it. The first ride is such a rigmarole with changing the tire to my road tire, pumping up the tires and adjusting everything. Then hauling the bike down the stairs. How stuff gets out of whack from sitting on my bike trainer is beyond me, but it is so.
Mileage set to zero.
Anyhoo – we decided to bike for some coffee. I actually got John to go with. I think my excitement was catching or something Or possibly he was enchanted by my stylish attire:
I was totally layered up for this ride. I had on leggings under my bike pants. Then long underwear, a long sleeve technical shirt and 2 jackets. I could barely move!
Can you tell how excited I was to get out there? John was waiting for me. Usually it is the other way around. It’s a little weird to bike with snow piles still around.
It’s not as snowy in other spots, it just looks like more because of the shoveling of the driveway.
The roads were dry, but the unpaved bike path is still impassible. We did go on a bit of the paved part. The canal is still frozen over.
It actually turned out to be quite a nice ride. I started to get a bit sweaty as we got towards the coffee shop. The sun helped warm us up a lot. It actually ended up being close to 50 degrees!
At mile 6.5, we ended up at Coffee Planet. They changed out the artwork recently and this artist encouraged participation with this large framed piece of paper and colored pencils to draw on. This paper was blank last week.
We each had coffee and a snack. No cupcakes, but I did have a big cookie!
It was really an enjoyable day. It felt so, so good to get out on the roads. Riding on the trainer just can’t even come close. Not to mention it can’t come close to doing real life hills and terrain. We got home at 14 miles.
Not bad for the first ride of the year. My thighs were a little tired, but other than that I was blissfully happy.
As I took this picture, John said “Ear to ear” - and he was right! I was so happy for the rest of the day.
Sunday brought another quick 6 mile ride, although it was breezier than Saturday. I have 20 miles on the year, which is about 0.75% of my goal miles for the year