OK, we all know how busy things get around the holidays. Shopping, people coming over, getting ready for people coming over, kids opening presents, visiting Michelle’s mom. Yep for 2 people who like to keep it quiet and restful, the last month has been go go go!
Then of course my COUGS were in a bowl game. We had to watch that! (I still have nightmares of that game) and our Seahawks will be in the playoffs! Gotta watch them too! I think I can safely say that there has been something going on at least one if not both days of the most recent weekends.
As I got the bike ready to go, I realized that for December, I think my only rides have been home from work. This means I haven’t had a ride without panniers in a very long time! So today , I grabbed the spare tube and muititool and slipped in the jersey and I was off!
I had forgotten how light a bike can feel and how responsive it can be without extra weight on the back! It was like riding as a kid!
We woke up to a foggy day, but by the time I took off, it had lifted (though it was cloudy.) I decided to do part of the Lake Washington Loop, but since my legs were not in top shape, I cut across the I-90 bridge.
it was a great ride. Not too much as far as road traffic, even fewer bikes. I did have one jerk in a Scion get tired of following a pack of bikes coming the other direction, so he gunned it and came into my lane to pass them! I don’t think he even saw me or the guy behind me. Luckily he and I were both paying attention. (takes all kinds…)
Once I crossed the bridge, I went North through Bellevue, and I was happy to find that the main loop road, 112th, was now open for traffic again. The detour sucked! The ride took me along the lake in Kirkland, a great flat areas, but then the hills started. There is a LONG hill getting out of Kirkland. By this time, I had doubled my normal ride home, and the legs were telling me about it.
After that hill, I stopped to refill the water bottle
Editors note: I drink Powerade zero, and its great. All the convenience store had was Gatorade. UGH Can’t believe I used to drink that!
I also grabbed a couple of nutigrain bars, because there was an even longer and steeper hill to cross to get me from Kirkland to Bothell. After the 1.5 mile up hill, there is a killer downhill though! Made it worth it!
In the end, 45 miles, (more than I planned) in just under 4 hours. It’s the longest ride I’ve had since September, and a great way to launch myself into 2014. AND, on the commute home Monday I will hit 14,000 miles!
The downside though, I downloaded a cycling app for the iPhone. Thing sucked power something fierce! I was at half a battery before I was halfway through. I wonder if they make iPhone charges for bikes?
It was a great day for a ride overall though, DAMN I needed it!