WOW! 15 days in [to the the 2010 Terratrike Car-Free Challenge] already?
Today I put in 20.6 miles. 12.8 on the Sandblaster, 7.8 on my new Specialized Allez road bike that I picked up on my way home. I haven’t ridden a road bike in 18 years – not since the Sandblaster, actually – so it was a little weird, but holy smokes you can get up to speed fast on these things. And hills? What hills? I feel no hills in Winsted! I have to really be careful to shout my presence out to walkers on the trails way earlier. By applying the same amount of power to the pedals that I would on the Sandblaster, it propels me maybe 10 – 20% faster. Getting to work will be a snap! I’ll miss the mud and off road parts until I can score a cyclocross bike.
I have to thank my grandparents for this new bike. They’ve given me the financial foundation to be able to replace my broken junker with something so fine. So: thank you, Bumpa and Mimi! You’re always here for me!!!
Only thing that sucks is that now I have to start locking the bike up again. Worrying about having things ganked is so lame.
In my bikejournal.com club, Yort (Troy) slipped past me this morning, and I crept a little past him once again during my ride home, maintaining 7th. However, people tend to stockpile miles over the weekends and drop them like they’re hot on Sunday night, so it’s a real skinny 7th place. I’ve no doubt about that.
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UPDATE: put on another 2 miles by going to the health food store to get somethign for my legs. They’re not recovering from the ride on Thursday.
UPDATE: put another 2 miles on to get ice cream for my sister since she was insistent (and I secretly liked any excuse to freaking use the new bike).