Just as soon as my new bike trainer arrived, the weather turned sunny and perfect. Go figure! So after a long day of home improvement projects, I headed out to ride. Guess what -- it was the most fun! I had zero to little apprehension about pedaling, cars, dogs, etc. I intended to not leave neighborhood, i.e. avoid "the real roads," but I got over that pretty quickly.
I flew down a huge hill and pedaled halfway up the huge uphill, then walked it to the top. That was my first step to exiting the neighborhood "the back way." The dreaded westside hill! I thought all of the downhill momentum would propel me up the other side... but not so much. But at least I was able to get up half of it.
That put me over by the elementary school, where the road is very wide due to a dropoff lane. Past that is a small housing area with about 6-8 streets. I zipped through them all! I got to the point where, during a straightforward run, I'd be at mile one and turn onto "the old highway." I contemplated riding there, since I am certain I'll be doing that one day, but opted out until I am a professional. Ha! So I just zipped through all of the previous streets some more. I looked down and was at 5.61 miles already. Holy cow!
Now I knew that I could make this into a longer ride. This was only day #2 on the bike (due to horribly bone chilling weather) and I didn't want to take on too much, but on the other time I was having the time of my life. I was riding through puddles with glee! And I was able to use my water bottle while pedaling. Chasen said it was like I got to be a kid all over again. I was really, really enjoying myself on this gorgeous day.
I rode 10.09 miles! I averaged about 11 miles per hour. On day #1, when I went five miles total, I averaged 10 miles per hour. Improvement! I actually got to thinking that I could indeed be a cyclist. What a great day!