Today, two weeks after my latest crash that did in three ribs, I was back on the bike. I've ridden some on the trainer, and a couple of spinning classes, but today was the first time outdoors. After snow again on Wednesday, this morning was cool but beautiful. To avoid ruts, bumps, washboards, and pine shadows, I rode the Santa Fe trail. I started at the center of Mo'town and rode south all the way to Colorado College in downtown Co. Springs. 40 miles round trip in 3 hours.
- The ribs are still sore, but not truly painful, if you can understand the distinction. My good friend, Mr. Advil, took care of the discomfort when I got home. My only lingering struggle is finding a comfortable position for sleep. And making sure I don't twist suddenly, take a hard hug to the right side, or fall down.
- With just a handful of workouts over the past two weeks, I was fresh. My legs were surprisingly strong. I mean, really strong. I lost about 1200-1400 feet elevation going south, so naturally made good time going down. Coming back home was a very gradual uphill, but I was cranking it all the way home in way bigger gears (at the same cadence) than I normally push on that trail. (Note to self--make sure and take seriously the advantage of tapering the two weeks prior to Leadville)
- I really love these long rides. I'm so blessed to live here, and have the opportunity to ride where I do.
We're getting ready for Melody's graduation party. Tonight is for our friends. On Sunday afternoon, she and Rob are having a party at the lake for their friends. Both Susan's and my parents are here to celebrate with us. We're grateful to have them. Amazingly, this is the first time our parents have been together in 22 1/2 years, since our wedding. We are so glad to have them here.