This morning Gabe and I went for my longest ride ever. I started off feeling like a pack mule - aero water bottle, two cage water bottles, a gel flask, spare gels, my cell phone, a bento box with spare tubes, and rocking the new (well...not so new but new to the bike) power meter. What MORE can I fit on this bike? After 5 miles I ditched one of the water bottles on the side of the road because I felt like I was hauling my entire house. I'm not sure it really lightened the load but it sure improved my attitude...which was sub par to begin with.
We headed South from the house and did the Lake Samish loop and then headed North for the second half of our ride. The wind was rocking out of the West and it was pleasant going OUT but coming back left something to be desired. Note to self, when it appears to be windy outside head South - there is simply more protection from the elements in that direction. Then again, there are more hills...it's a trade off. Oh, and yes, I did pick up the water bottle on my way back into town. It had precious pickle juice in it (yes, I said pickle juice. Have I mentioned that it's AWESOME?!). There was no way I was leaving it out there when I was only 1/4 into my ride.
Post ride we went for a short 30 minute run which felt great. That's right I LOVE bricks. I know that sounds crazy and maybe like I'm being sarcastic but it's true. I own bricks (at least in my own head). Sure, my legs feel heavy and it hurts but I'm always pleasantly surprised by my average pace. Maybe it's because my expectations are so low and you feel like you're doing a 12 minute mile and then you look down and you're flying in comparison. So yeah, I like bricks.
And with that we end our morning. I came home to freshly made Junior Mint cupcakes (more on that in a future post - they're delicious), beer (yes it was only midday but it's hydrating), a burger, onion rings, and a milk shake. What? That's not normal?
Until next weekend...