While I've been trying to refrain from running and save my legs, I've hijacked Steve's road bike a couple of times and tonight was no different.
While it is a little bit big for me, with the seat adjusted I can reach the brakes and gear shift with a slight stretch. I decided to take it out for the 10-mile ride around the lake I spent most of the summer running around.
It is strange, when running, the hills really don't seem that bad probably because I got to the point that I could run them at a fairly consistent pace. I also didn't really have to think about it other than, oh, there's a hill coming up.
On the bike, it is a different story. There's a hill means downshifting the gears, increasing the pedaling speed and feeling the bike slow as you head up the hill. The downside of the hill means, shifting up and pedaling with all your might to make the next uphill a little easier.
The other adjustment I've had to make is getting out without the iPod and podcasts. All I hear is the wind in my ears. Hmmm, maybe that is why my ears hurt/are plugged up.
I headed out this evening around 5 pm as the sun was pretty close to the horizon although there was plenty of light throughout the ride. Almost halfway is a quiet, shady stretch of road. There were four young deer standing around a mailbox. As I was coming up on them, somewhat quietly but quickly, they spotted me. With about five feet to spare, three of them took off running, while the fourth, and probably smallest deer turned toward me. There was a moment of panic as I wondered if I would be meeting up with the deer or not. Thankfully, it ended up running away from me but I could hear it running in the woods almost parallel to me.
A while later, two deer headed out across the road in front of me. I slowed down as I crossed their paths hoping there wouldn't be other family members following them.
Just another mile down the road, I was "flying" down a hill as birds were flying with me.
It was a good ride. Never felt the burn in my legs but feel it when I go up the stairs.
Confession time - I did go out for a 4.5 mile run last night. It was way too nice not to. We have temps in the low 70s at least until tomorrow. Then, it sounds like it might be Mother Nature payback time. I'll take the warm temps and sunshine as long as I can get it.