Temp: 32 but warming rapidly
Time: 45 minuets
Distance: 3 miles
The sun was shining so brightly today that I just couldn't wait anymore. So what if it was only 32 degrees out and breezy. I just had to get out and see what it felt like again. My winter inactivity was driving me nuts! I'm relegated to only wearing a contact in my left eye. So I had 20/20 vision in my left eye and -550 in the right. It was a combination that nearly made me throw up inside but wasn't to bad outside. My eye adjusted enough that I could ride. The only bike appropriate clothing I own is a pair of shorts. I put on the shorts, then a pair of tights (the same ones I wore to church yesterday as a matter of fact) and some lightweight capris. All black thankfully so I didn't totally look like a clown. I added gray wool socks and tennis shoes. On top I opted for a long sleeve thermal and a short sleeve t shirt under a gray sweatshirt. I found a pair of red knit gloves and an ear warming headband.
Getting all the gear out of the basement worked up a good sweat. My bike hasn't been tuned up yet so I put some oil on the chain and a rear fender on just in case. All the tires were pumped up and I packed my makeshift handle-bar bag with snicker doodles. I loaded up three bottles of water though I knew we wouldn't be out long.
I bundled up the boys but with the plastic rain shield down they wouldn't get any breeze and with just their winter coats were quite comfortable.I made it safely through the slush on the driveway and opted to begin the ride going up. Where I live you are either going up or down. "Flat" only lasts 100 yards or so. Anyways, I started going up and it didn't take long to work up a good sweat. I took it easy, paused frequently to drink and only pushed the bike twice. It took me most of time to do the mile and a half. All uphill!! The drivers were curtious and surprisingly so were my passengers! The road followed a stream which gurgled and bubbled alongside me. Occasionally I could hear it merrily running along underneath the snowbanks. They are still 3 to 4 feet tall but mostly hollow. I came around a bend and saw that the road was still climbing! My lungs were burning and I could feel my legs really begin to tire. I decided to turn it around. The way home would have been bliss since it was all downhill but the icy wind nearly froze my sweaty shirts solid!
I had a good time and came to several conclusions
1. I have gained weight
2. My kids have gained weight!
3. I think my bike even gained weight
4. I need to work out more.
5. These Snicker doodles are really good. I'm going to have another one.