This was supposed to be posted Saturday, but I for some odd reason got lazy about posting this weekend. As noted Saturday is usually my long run day so away I went back to the Silver Comet Trail again. My goal was to go out and back maybe 20 miles. It was a gorgeous day so the trail was super busy, which means getting any speed might be short lived as congestion does seem to happen. Overall I felt great, got my self out there and did not forget the gloves this time. I am still having balance issues which I am working on so I can eventually get my hands off the bars and get my water bottles, so after a few miles I decided to stop. Unfortunately I had my first fall, I somehow forgot how to unclip one of my feet from the pedals. Luckily I landed in soft grass.
Overall I was happy to get out there and get some miles in. If you want to view the map and an interactive view of my ride click here. One stretch of flat land I got myself up to about 18 mph without assistance of a hill. After 7 or so miles I came to a beautiful rest stop, so I stopped there and enjoyed the scenery and breeze for a little while. My legs felt a little sore but not too bad. Even though I could have put more miles in, I decided 14 or so would not be a bad outing and I headed back. The ride was good and I will have to bump up the mileage next trip. I practiced several times just slowly removing one hand and keeping control of the bike. I am getting the balance slowly.
Things to address:
- Hand soreness: even though I moved my hands around a little while riding, going for 7 miles back without stop they went numb half way. Need to keep moving them to prevent this.
- Rear derailuer – feeling a little funny, might have to take to shop and have them take a look at it,if any thing for peace of mind.
- One handed balance – need I say more.
- Aim to finish 20 miles next time.
So not too many things to figure about. The hand numbness was a little weird, but if I just keep moving my fingers a little bit and even work on taking them off of the bars it might help. I also have a pretty week grip so I might get a flexi-grip things guitarists and rock climbers use to strengthen the hand muscles. The legs felt good and it was good even getting into higher gears on more level sections. The number of people on the trial was a bit of a pain, but it was a gorgeous fall day. Til next time.