I finally got back out on the bike last night. After several high stress days, I was in desperate need of a workout. Sometimes you just need to sweat it all out, know what I mean? Or cry it out. Depends on the situation.
It was HOT when I got going at about 5 pm. I coated myself in sunscreen and hit the road. I only had one water bottle (because I could only fine one bottle....moving SUCKS!) and only 5 minutes into my ride I just knew I was going to guzzle it all down. I almost got a refill on my way back but I would have had to venture off the trail into a park and I didn't feel like adding time to my ride. I had things to do! I rationed the water on the way back, drinking the very last drop while waiting at the last traffic light.
I rolled back into my parents' driveway (aka bike storage during this evil move) finishing up 16 miles. The best part of the ride? I ended the ride with a 14 mph average pace! I seriously got passed by an only lady on a rusty mountain bike but this was my fastest ride of the season. Considering that my legs are still a little dead from coaching the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday (race report is in the works), I was really pleased. I did have the weather on my side.
Worst part of the ride? When I finished my ride, I was covered in gnats. Between the sweat and sunscreen, my knees, shins and arms were covered. There may have been some stuck to my face too but I wiped off before I stopped inside to say goodbye to the parents. Yuck. That's all part of the experience I suppose.