All of my bikes have been getting some use lately. I ride my cross bike when I ride with the boys, and I did a Trailnet ride last Sunday (50 miles of pavement sure goes by more quickly than gravel or singletrack!) on my road bike. I spent part of the time riding with friends and part just cruising along on my own. It was fun to ride faster than usual and feel strong, and I've gotten braver on paved hills. At one point I hit 36 mph (on a downhill), not all that fast for other people but super fast for me. And I wasn't even whimpering!
I'm completely in love with my mountain bike right now though. I've been riding a bunch at our local trails, and all that familiarity is making me much more confident and comfortable. Usually when I ride my mountain bike I spend as much time feeling a little sick to my stomach as I do enjoying myself, but lately it's a blast. I've managed to bring up my average pace 2.5 mph over where it was at the beginning of the month. I've gotten a little obsessed with Strava. It's interesting to see how I measure up to other people, but it's really cool to be able to compare my own times on certain segments and see the improvement...and it's a great incentive to get back out and see if I can move up in the standings. Unfortunately, that also means I'm riding instead of stopping to take pictures, making my blog a little boring.
Luckily, Saturday was a NOT boring day on the bike! Chuck, Lori, Dave, and I set to ride some gravel and search out a trail Chuck had seen on Strava (it's contagious). We rode down the Hamburg Trail (strava segment) to the Katy Trail and then had to do some hunting for the beginning of the lost trail. Chuck was armed with a topo map, but it was Lori's sharp eyes that spotted the way.
|I don't know how he missed it.|
|You can kind of tell that there was a road here at one point.|
|About to get back on the bike...for a minute or so...|
|The inscription is all in German.|
|Lori, myself, and Dave|
|How much fun is this?? There were times you couldn't see anything of the trail. I was laughing like a little kid.|
After our exploring was done, we finished our morning with a gravel ride at Busch Wildlife and ended up with 24 miles for the day. Since the Thunder Rolls (next weekend!!!) bike legs are all gravel and we'll surely spend plenty of time traipsing through weeds and woods, we could chalk the day up as great AR training...and seriously fun times. I'm so glad to have friends whose adventure spirit pulls me along to all kinds of cool places like this.