Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blowin' in the wind!

Unbelievable day so far; I think spring is officially here!  Started the day off with a 2 hour basketball run at 8 am with no subs which means no rest for 2 hours.  After ball, and nice breakfast with my son, took a mile bike ride with my son to the park for some fun on the slides!  The ride home should have been a sign for things to come, as we rode back into some brutal winds; the boy was struggling mightily just to go on the flat sidewalk against 30 mph winds!

Grabbed a couple peanut butter sandwiches and a banana, and my buddy showed up to take our "urban/cross country " ride.  This was the first time for me on the new Giant, and Mark was trying out a new saddle and clips for the first time so we thought we would put some miles on the bikes.  The first few miles weren't too bad, as it was mostly with the wind, as we traveled through a few neighborhoods on the way over to the Alum Creek Lake.  Made it to the lake and our attempt to ride the shoreline/beach was a wash out literally.  The lake was high and we had to make a route change through some fields.  Let's just say, mud mud mud!

Made it to the dam and rode the mile and half across the top with the wind.  Wind was blowing so hard, we could almost coast with the wind pushing us.  Made it to the intermediate trails at Alum Creek MTN bike trails and made the two mile loop.  Along the way, we stopped at the skills park and did a little technical work.  At least we were able to get a crash here, new clips can be painful if you are not used to them.  Finished loop and slogging through the mud,  and then realized we were screwed. 7 miles to go and all into the 30 mph winds!  We pushed on, took an alternate route back and staggered to the finish line.

All in all, a good ride.  Although we didn't change much in elevation, the wind definitely made it tough.  I guess until it dries out a bit and we can get on the trails, we will have to continue to make due with these types of rides!  See map below of the ride!

Click this link to check out the map of the ride!

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