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the story of an invisible girl
I had a good weekend. Got some stuff done around the house, went to a Derby and birthday party, saw a funny movie (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), had a good breakfast this morning, went for a 15 mile bike ride in beautiful spring weather.

It was the first time this year pulling my road bike out this year -- been too busy with running and/or regular life. I have ridden my city bike around town a couple of times this year already, but this is the first time I put on my "gear*" and rode the fast bike. It was fun, although my sit-bones are already hating me. Breaking in the butt is the hardest part of getting back on the bike in the Spring.

We'll see how much my muscles hate me in the next day or so. I don't think it'll be bad; I didn't push myself or anything. Just wanted to get out there and feel the pedals and the seat (ouch, the seat!) again. My knees felt fine after the first mile, so that's cool.

Wednesday I'm going to try a club ride, which will be 25 miles, and hopefully not tooo fast. They probably have all been on their bikes many times already this year, so we'll see if I can keep up, and how I'll feel when it's through! Yikes. Should be fun though: social riding is generally nicer than solitary.

*By "gear" I mean the squishy shorts, gloves, helmet, and clip-in shoes. I picked up one of those fancy camelback water backpacks awhile back on clearance at REI, but haven't given it a try yet.


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From: jer_ Date: May 5th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
It was such a gorgeous day for a ride :) We need to bring Team Alpaca back together for a ride!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 5th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! You did something this morning right, how was it?

I made a Team Alpaca community, because, well, why not? (:
From: jer_ Date: May 5th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
It is muy awesome-o! :)
From: jer_ Date: May 5th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and yeah, a couple of us did the Willow Metro Park one. It was a great time, although it appears that I have myself a sunburn in return for a fun 25mi ride. :)
From: writerwench Date: May 5th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, you're inspiring... I have two bikes hung up in my workshop, neither of which has been seriously ridden for a long, long time. I want to get them down and pump up their tyres and take a spin around the area!

Note: the first thing I did when I got my big ATB, 14 years ago, was change the seat to a big, wide, squishy gel-seat. I don't do knife-edges. It was a worthwhile investment!
larcb From: larcb Date: May 5th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
re the camelback - make sure you clean it good! My dad uses one, and wasn't as careful as he should have been, it got yucky inside.

I really need a new bike...
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