Basking In The Glow
Don and Brad convinced me (OK, shamed me) into breaking me out of winter trainer hibernation and heading to Boyce with them for a ride in the snow today. Goddamn am I glad I did. It felt so freaking good to be in the woods on my bike.
We lucked out and after having temps in the 40s yesterday, they shot down like a bullet into the 20s today. This made the trails a combination of hard pack and ice, but without a trace of mud! I think the Mamasita is cleaner now than when I started the ride.
There were a few deep snow hike-a-bikes, and some slick ice patches that threw each one of us down at least once. But it was a hell of a work out and a blast nonetheless. I'm so geeked I went! Thanks for the shaming Don! Aaron did his share of shaming me into going too, but somehow didn't make it today. Maybe the next time? ;)
I felt strangely good on the bike. Granted it was hard to get a real gauge given the conditions, but I felt pretty spanky. Maybe it was just being outside to ride or maybe it was the 8ish pounds I've lost, but I'm feeling pretty good about my January fitness and look forward to next weekends Snotcycle race in Leesburg.
In the end it tooks us over two hours do 13ish miles, but it was a blast. Even smacking my elbow on the ice couldn't stop me from enjoying a ride in the woods with some good riding buddies.
The funny thing about the pic above is that it was taken at about mile 3 and my bottles were already slushed up. Nice!
I'm working on a new "project". I've been pretty obsessed with it lately. I was gonna save working on it until after I "voluntarily separate" from my employer, but figured "what the f*ck?" and have been knocking out some work on it. It's bike related of course and I hope to make some more progress on it in the next few days so that I feel more comfy sharing it with you all. Stay tuned. You might dig it... OR you might think it's shit. Either way, I'm happy to have some new motivation and goals for life.