Here’s my quote and photo from my last post. “I’m all in for cycling now. Proof? Check out the CUTE cycling jersey I bought today! Dude Girl. Can’t wait to try the matching accessories.”
On my first ride in my new jersey, a woman drives up in the parking lot tooting her horn when she saw my jersey. She jumped out of her car and whoa…she is the one who IS ALL IN, in more ways than one. First, she has ALL the accessories to go with the jersey… the pants, a windbreaker vest, arm warmers, red sunglasses AND a bike with red trim. Second, she and the folks pictured here were off to Muir Beach, a mountainous climb. I don’t know which to be more jealous of…the outfit or the ability to do rides like that (and much more).
Fashion aside, what about cycling performance? I’ve ridden 81 miles in the last 8 days, the longest ride was from Nicasio to Inverness, 31 miles. Average times are getting close to 15 mph compared to my first ride in May averaging 8.5! I’m still striving. This older body hasn’t peaked in aerobic fitness yet. At one point I rode by a good sized group of younger riders (ok, probably not that young) who were spread out so I had to announce my passing on the left. I just couldn’t help myself, I called out several times, “Little old lady passing on the left.” (They did laugh.) I almost added, “…on a hybrid bike,” but I contained myself.
Today I talked hubby Jeff into going along. He did great for someone who hasn’t been riding, a testimony to his Crossfit training. We both were so grateful to be fit and able to ride outside along this beautiful stretch of the San Francisco Bay.
Next goal: maybe I don’t have one. Come to think of it, I sure would like a road bike.