I rolled out for the first time after four days off the bike with my riding buddy, Chuck Tuesday afternoon. The ride started fast, but we took the pace down a bit to catch up. I’d returned from a trip down to Florida in which we stayed at my sister-in-law’s to take a little break.
Wednesday, we rode again, in the early spring wind. It was warm, though. Unseasonably so. While the wind was strong enough we had to be careful not to get blown into the other, there was no way I would miss out on the first day of the year that didn’t require leg warmers, wool socks, multiple upper-body layers, toe covers, full-fingered gloves, a hat, etc., etc. ad nauseum.
Yesterday was cooler, but still warm enough to enjoy single-layered sunshine… and more wind. Lots of wind. 100 watts for 25-mph heading east, 350 watts for 15-mph heading west. You know the refrain, though: It still beats the trainer.
We’ve got sunshine in the forecast for today, and more wind, so I’ll be outdoors again. It gets cold tonight, though. Cold enough we’ll have to wait for it to warm up before heading out tomorrow morning, but we’ll be outdoors one way or another. We’ll ride the tandem Sunday… and all of this couldn’t come too soon.
I’m in desperate need of miles… and a salad!
I stepped on the scale last night after a scandalous week of eating way too enjoyably. In response to a number that I never should have seen, I limited my dinner to roughly 400 calories last night. Some chicken noodle soup, carrots and cucumbers, and a snack-size bag of popcorn as desert while I watched a movie (before falling asleep on the couch at 7:45!). I’m going to require many more nights like that in the next few months.
And so here we are at the beginning of cycling season ’21. It’s so good to be back in the saddle again.