I guess I should have waited to write about the ride until after the return trip to get home! What I thought was going to be mostly downhill, was not. Since I was already tired from the morning ride in, my muscles were complaining loudly about working more. Luckily it wasn’t too hot, and there was a good breeze. The bad news is, it was a headwind most of the way up the hills. Ugh. That was about the slowest I could go and still see forward movement. I got close to getting off the bike and walking, and then Dory’s voice from “Finding Nemo” popped into my head: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…!” Just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling. I was afraid if I got off the bike and stopped, I didn’t know if I could get going again, I was that tired. By this time the end was nearly in sight so that helped motivate me to keep going. Actually, now that I think about it, I did stop once to get a good drink of water, I’m not adept enough to reach down and pull the water bottle out of the holder while I’m riding without killing myself. But I made it, and surprisingly felt pretty much ok when I got home. My legs just aren’t used to that much of a workout, but I figure next time will be better. I’m a little sore today, but really not bad. The whole ride, morning and afternoon combined amounts to 27 miles, so I finally broke 200 miles (224 to be precise) on the bike! A year ago when I started running I couldn’t last one minute without huffing and puffing and having to stop and walk. Now I can run for 30 minutes (ok, I won’t be entering the New York Marathon, but it’s progress), so I know each time I go out and push myself I get stronger. I’m taking today to let my muscles recover, and the next two days are supposed to be around 100°F/38°C so I’m not planning to ride. Maybe next week again, if the weather cooperates. And I STILL don’t have fenders, so hopefully it won’t rain.
Oh, and that guy that passed me twice in the morning? He passed me with another fellow in the afternoon, just starting out on Boones Ferry Road. He really needs to try riding Avery, it would cut a lot of time off his ride. I got stuck at the light on BFR, turning onto Avery, and he and the other guy were long gone out of sight. When I got to the end of Avery to turn onto Tualatin-Sherwood, guess who was just passing Avery on T-S? Maybe they like going the long way, who knows.