I went on my first real ride of the year today thanks to Rachel. I had been itching to get on my bike, but was concerned my legs would turn to jelly at the first hill I encountered. So I have been putting off riding my bike. Even though I know I love it.
Today was a great day for a ride. We waited until the graduation festivities subsided and headed out of town. I was a little concerned about how warm it was, but it ended up perfect. Within two miles of leaving Rachel's house, I knew I'd made a good decision to just do it.
We headed down to Lake Monroe via 446 and Knightridge. Rachel was on her sweet new Giant carbon road bike. It's pretty sleek looking. And I continued with my gadget testing; I had my normal bike computer, my iPhone, and my Garmin on my handlebars!
We made it to Lake Monroe and took a brief rest to watch the boat traffic.
Then turned around to go up the hill.
We encountered another cyclists just as we started up who asked us if we were ready for torture and then proceeded to lap us. That's okay. We were enjoying the ride, not racing.
The hill was pretty eventful though. We
were scared by a bunch of wild turkeys (or maybe a deer. All I know is it was big and in the woods.) And I was seriously mooned by an old guy, which was fairly amusing.
We made it to the top and continued on back to Rachel's house. We chatted there a little bit about how great it felt to get that ride in and how we are looking forward to the summer bike trip next month and then I headed home.
And here's the mountain of stats I collected:
Bike Computer Garmin iPhone
Distance: 20.390 miles 20.12 miles 21.06 miles
Time: 1:31:33 1:42:41 1:52:29
Average Speed: 13.3 mph 13.3 mph 11.2 mph
Calories Burned: 701.4 calories 1211 calories 714 kCal
Anyway, it was a great day to be on two wheels! I did much better than I was expecting and that makes me feel awesome!