Despite 50-degree weather, overcast skies, and sprinkles here and there I did the ride to work today. I made it to my pit stop in less than 35 minutes. I didn’t have the big backpack this time and I bought a rack bag last night. I felt kinda naked since I’m so use to having something on me. The pit stop was closing at 8:30 AM and I got there at about 8:15 AM or so. I managed to snag one of the last two medium-sized t-shirts. The guys at City Bikes were doing check-ups and adjustments and I had been having issues with shifting up to the next biggest gear. Sometimes it would catch and never shift up. They adjusted the cable for me and for the rest of the ride I had no problems. They were trying to get rid of the rest of their prizes since it was about closing time. People were still stopping in and out. I tried to win something but kept coming up with pieces of paper without the magic green dot. It was ridiculous! So they just gave me a water bottle, which was nice. After picking up a banana and a Vitamin Water, drinking a shot of coffee, and receiving my t-shirt and bottle I was ready to hit the path again.
Being on the path and having no one around me is unnerving and there were a lot less people on the path in general just beause of the weather I think. I’m always relieved when someone passes me or I come upon a runner or something. I definitely saw more cyclists this time around though.
I managed to do the whole 17-mile trip in 1 hour and 30 minutes according to the new cyclocomputer I installed earlier this week. I was definitely on a mission and my quads are pretty tired now. I think that I’m going to make this a habit and ride every Friday. It’s a good way to get miles in.
Earlier this week I went to the kickoff Happy Hour for my company’s bike club. Wow, talk about hardcore! I know I’m just starting out so I’m not at all put off. Everyone I talked to was really nice and personable and pretty supportive. Some of their rides are out of my league right now but a girl has got to have some goals, right? The company will sponsor up to 6 charity rides per employee per year. I just need to get some miles under my legs. I have been eyeing the things with options for shorter rides. I’ll be eligible for the club jersey at the discounted price which will be nice. I can only get better from here!