on bella: 39.10 Mi in 3h 00m 50s
in my asics: 25.92 Mi in 4h 08m 39s
total: 09h 01m 06s
here we are stopped at a restaurant to refuel:
After the swim me, April, and James changed from our swimsuits and wetsuits to our bike shorts and jerseys and drove to Easton. We fit three bikes on April's car (hers in the back and me and James' on the bike rack.
Got to Easton, stopped at a gas station for a candy bar and got on the road.
The entire ride pretty much looks like this:
...totally and completely flat - a [wecome] change from the hills I'm used to riding! April and James were great company.
We had to stop at the drawbridge at the entrance to Tilghman Island, despite James' idea that we jump the bridge. He was kidding. I think.
the southern most tip of the Island: [pretty, no?]
map of the ride:
15.91 mph avg.
the only thing that really sucked about the ride was that I could not get comfortable in aero. I would only be in that position for 45 sec before my shoulders starting aching... and thus the seed was planted: I NEED A TRI BIKE.
and that, my friends, was my last ride on bluebird.
bella's maiden voyage
I went to hagerstown yesterday to help my friend look at wedding dresses [btw, she bought one, and she looks absolutely freaking stunning in THE dress!]. AR friend lives in Frederick and after lunch with the girls I headed east on I-70 to meet him for a ride.
This ride was as hilly as last week's ride was flat... 40 miles through hills is a lot more taxing than 50 mi on the flat ES.
We first stopped to get some water and Sweedish fish [and seahorses! did you know they made Sweedish seahorses?] I was in charge of watching the bikes --- they are quite pretty:
and here is greg with the delicious fish/ seahorses:
the ride was hilly, yes, and tough, definitely, but it was also beautiful:
3h 16m 20s
total elevation: 14,546
elevation gain: 7,245
elevation loss: 7,301
[sorry, Greg - I HAD to!]
ETA: lisa's comment reminded me:
I am LOVING riding my new bike. I am so much more comfortable and have no problem staying in aero for long periods of time. She's ligher and just fits me so much better.
he was anxious to ride her and I was anxious to ride outside [no more three hour trainer rides. The Wire or not, that was a long time to sit inside]. I put down the wine, started drinking water, and went to bed [relatively] early.
we met at a park in howard co. at 8:45 [I got lost. I know you all are shocked] and got on the road around 9 .. after taking these goofy pictures:
[me and bluebird.]
[it's hard to take pictures of tall people.]
the weather was absolutely beautiful - mid 70s and sunny. [I woke up to rain and was happy to see that it cleared up so beautifully]. the ride was beautiful too -- rolling, I'd say, with some flat stretches and some fast decents (got up to 40 mph on one!) and a few uphills. it's weird to me that there is so much farmland in an area I think of as totally suburban. we passed quite a few farms and saw horses and cows. moooooo.
oh, and I found some houses I know J would absolutely love, but gov't attorney or not, sweetie, I think 2+ million is out of our price range (for now ;)).
I took two bottles of Infinit and two bottles of water. I need to practice drinking more of the Infinit and getting down a full bottle per hour. Not such a big deal for shorter rides, but I need to get my stomach used to the calories for RI/ Diamondman and esp. IMCOZ.