To Bike, or…

What the heck? I did put my snowshoes away. I got my bike out. In fact, I got it out five times already. On my last ride, it was 83 degrees. I was so hot my face didn’t cool down until the next morning. I couldn’t get enough to drink. That was three days ago. Today, I think I just want to sit on the couch in a “Snuggie” with a cup of hot chocolate and watch old movies on Turner Classic Movie Channel. This is a most confusing spring. Should I get the snowshoes back out?

My bike did ride great, anyway. Just a few little issues to deal with: check the tires for wear and cracks, put some air in them, tighten up the seat post, wipe down the chain and give it fresh lube. This year I’ll have to replace my handlebar wraps. I’ve been lusting after a new bike: a Terry Symmetry, but honestly, my old Cannondale is still in excellent condition. It would be sheer indulgence to replace it…

I can really notice how the lack of snowshoeing has affected my fitness level. The hills look just a little more daunting and my average speed is pretty pathetic. Still, it felt good to be on the bike. (Well, it does take awhile to condition the ole seat bones to where it actually feels “good” to sit on the saddle for any length of time.) I add on a little distance each time I go and try to maintain my pedaling cadence for longer stretches (less coasting and time spent standing up just to get off the saddle!). It’ll come. After all, I did get an early start – unless the biking season turns out to be like the snowshoeing season: the beginning and the end.

1 thought on “To Bike, or…

  1. It was sad to not get much snowshoeing in this year. I did put my shoeshoes away, but I know where to find them in a hurry!! Happy and safe bike riding my friend!
    Princess

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