Let's Ride!!!

You must listen to this song as you read along, Let's Ride, by Bone Thugs and Notorious BIG as it is stuck in my head while I am writing this. The link may not play the whole song...but I hope so.

So Monday, I finally busted out The Goose for the first time in a couple months. As the weather has been so nice, I have been trying to spend as much time out on the road getting ready for Ironman.

The plan was to meet up and just go for a fun mountain bike ride. Nothing crazy, just get out and enjoy getting off the road and onto the trails. Jessi and Roger were game, so after getting the Goose all ready, we hit the trails.

Just as we were leaving, Jessi informs Roger and I that if we are able to climb "The Hill" that she will no longer speak to either of us...whatev ;)

So off we go to conquer "The Hill".

I have tried this hill a few times in the past, without any luck. I have been on the bike once or twice since then and was definitely more comfortable but by no means was I confident I would make it up this pain in the arse hill.

As we approached the hill, a small tree had fallen across the trail. Now some people would have turned around and just road somewhere else...not us. We called on our inner Superman strength and drug the tree out of the way.

See...A small tree!!!

Next, it was time to ride...UP THE HILL!

Let's Ride, Let's Ride, Let's Ride!

I took all different approaches to get up this damn hill. I tried the slow and steady peddling. I tried going faster and seeing if that would help. But I came to realize there really isn't one single strategy that works. You just have to peddle peddle peddle and a bit of luck on your side. I think I finally made it up after my 5th try and then on my 8th or 9th. This is a leg whooping hill and even after you get past this you still have a pretty tough climb to finish it off.

I have to give mad props to Jessi who refused to give up and kept trying and trying. She was getting SO close and I no doubt in my mind, she will conquer this hill VERY soon.

Not to pass up some more nice weather, Jessi and I headed back out on the road for another great ride on Tuesday. The sun was shining and really it was a perfect day for a ride.

Jessi was still smiling even after she just finished some tough intervals.

I finished up Tuesday with my first solid run since getting back at it. I can't say it always feels good to push yourself hard but it sure felt good to run hard and know that sitting on the couch for the last two weeks didn't take all my fitness away.

Now if you were jealous about all the outdoor rides...HOLD THE PHONE. Just as I spoke of the great weather I found myself back on the trainer this evening...and it SUCKED!!! Over the winter, you just know you are going to suffer through some trainer rides but I am like a shark with blood in the water and once I get a taste of riding outside, there is nothing worse then setting up the trainer and forcing yourself to ride. But in all reality it is just another day in the journey towards June 27th.

Until next time...


jessithompson said...

Thanks for the great rides and adventures! And yes, I will still speak to you and be your friend even though you made it up that fing hill. :)