While I don't have endless amounts of energy these days, I do try and keep active. I run daily, and chase after a couple kids, which I think sometimes can be harder than running a few miles. :)
For my 38th birthday, I bought a bike. I went back and forth for a while, considering a cheap bike, but I know how I like to overdue every activity I dive into, and figured I might as well go big.
I went to Jack's Bicycle Shop in Monroe, MI. After explaining to the salesman what I intended to use the bike for, he showed me a few models. I really liked the Specialized Sirrus. I took it for a ride and was in love. I couldn't believe how incredibly light the bike was, how smooth it rode and shifted. I gave it a few days, but knew right away that was it.
The first real ride I did was out to a local restaurant about 8 miles away. A friend and I biked down to the Sand Bar in LaSalle, MI. We took a different route back, and ended up riding a total of 18-19 miles.
I decided earlier this week I wanted to go for a little longer ride to see what it was like. I shortened my normal Saturday morning long run to 3 miles. I grabbed my new water bottle a couple granola bars and headed out.
I initially planned on just riding for an hour south, and seeing how far I ended up. The wind was at my back so I was feeling pretty good. I was keeping a 15-16 mph avg. pace. I pulled out my phone and saw on Google Maps that I wasn't far from Ohio, so I went for it.
Around the 14 mile mark I hit something on the side of the road. It sounded like a piece of steel or something. I figured if my tire went flat, my bike would come to a stop, so I just kept riding, hoping they would stay inflated.
I made it to Ohio in just over an hour. I took a 10 minute break, ate my granola bars, drank some water, hopped back on the bike and headed north.
I noticed right away the wind was against me. I realized then how I rode so fast for 16 miles.
The ride home was rough. It was difficult to hold a fast pace with the wind against me. A few times the road was curvy, I was able to pick up speed but other than that, I slowed down quite a bit.
On the final mile home, I glanced down and noticed my rear tire looked low. The bike was riding fine though, at least it seemed like it was.
I made it home. I was pretty exhausted, and despite drinking water the whole time, I felt dehydrated.
The first thing I did was hop off the bike and check the the rear tire. It was completely flat. I was puzzled, because the bike was riding pretty solid, I had no clue it was flat. I am hoping I didn't ride on it for too long flat like that, but everything seems to be ok, just a flat rear tire.
Anyhow, for my first long ride it was decent. Cars were good to me, I saw quite a few other bikers out, tons of stinky road kill and I think I got a little sun. Before my next long solo trip, I'm going to purchase some more gear ... a tire kit and pump is next on the list!
Total ride: 32.87 miles
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