Welllll tonight was my longest ride yet. Again it sucked for about the first 2-3 miles, but then things started to get easier. I think I always end up climbing for the first few miles.. it’s just where my condo is located.
Elevation Gain: 221m
Average Speed: 19.2km/h
Top Speed: 36.0km/h
Temperature: 94 F
I haven’t ridden in about 2 weeks. Between work and helping buddies, and church stuff, I just haven’t had time. Either way, I had a good time. It’s been too long!
Elevation Gain: 142m
Average Speed: 20.32km/h
Top Speed: 34.2km/h
Temperature: 82 F
Tonight was interesting. After the first 2 miles or so I just felt dead! I was panting and I didn’t think I could go on. I don’t know what was up. I stopped for a couple minutes, had some gatoraid and water, and rode a bit slower. After a little bit I was able to ride again, then I felt my energy coming back, and I was able to go on. I guess I was just a bit dehydrated.
One thing I didn’t expect from biking was a good ab workout. The last couple times I’ve gotten off my bike I’ve really felt it in my abs the day after. Unexpected, but awesome!
Also my butt hearts.. haha the muscle in front of my sits bones feels bruised, but that’s probably normal. I just need more seat time!
Continuing to catalog my biking, I did 9.5 miles (give or take) tonight. I rode from my place out to Pitman wash, then east to Santiago, then back. It was a really nice ride! The first portion of the ride I was snickering to myself saying “psh, this riding stuff is a piece of cake!”. It wasn’t until I was on the way home that I realized it was because the first half of the ride was DOWN HILL.
Either way, a good ride!
My butt still hurts at the end of the ride and I’m not sure if it’s because my seat doesn’t fit me right, or if it’s not broken in. I’ll give it 100 or 200 miles and if it still feels like crap then I’ll switch seats.. or something.
So I’m getting ready for a bike trip to Japan in a couple years (I know it’s a while a way, but I’m the type that likes to prepare quite a ways in advance).
A couple of days ago I picked up a brand new Trek 520 (a great and pretty standard touring bike from what I’ve heard) and I love it! It’s suuuuuch a beautiful bike and it’s so much nicer than any other bike I’ve ever ridden. Please keep in mind that the last time I rode a bike was 17+ years ago as a means of transportation before I had my drivers license.
The ‘real’ bikers suggest keeping a biking journal or log so I figured they know better than I, so why not?
Tonight I went for a little ride around the block and ended up doing about 7 miles. It was relatively flat terrain and the weather was great (75 degrees with a cool breeze).