Monday, January 31, 2011

Riding Adventures

My massive training weekend did not disappoint. What really made it spectacular was the combination of the great outdoors and some really fun friends to ride with. Since photos are generally more exciting than my blah, blah, blah - here you go.

Saturday was clear and cold to start, but warmed up nicely.

Winter orchard. Not a great pic, but I thought it was beautiful.

Sunday's bike adventures included a lot of wind and as we climbed, much colder temps. One of the highlights was when either a bobcat or a very young mountain lion ran across the street in front of us. My fast-camera-skills failed me. And thankfully whatever the cat was - it jumped in front of us and not on top of us!

I somehow lured Nick to come on a ride that is over 100 miles with a lot of climbing, so that mid-way we could visit this little tasty refueling stop. Nothing like a hot chocolate and sugary melt-in-your-mouth treat to keep you going on the way home.

Since Nick is slightly stronger than I am on the bike, in order to keep things interesting he did the entire ride in his big chain ring. And I still fell off his wheel. Multiple times!

Yeah - that small speck way up the road, that's the wheel (and more importantly wind protector) I lost...

Four miles from home the skies decided to open up and just monsoon on me.

Oh yeah, riding in the pouring rain - good times.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm enjoying RESTING today!

11 comments:

Christi said...

But you still have a smile on your face in the rain! That is awesome!

Beth said...

Tasty treats and hot chocolate definitely make a cold 100 miler much better! :) Thanks for the pictures!

Aimee said...

Those pictures are awesome! I am so jealous that you're still able to ride outside, even with the rain! And, YUM..those tasty treats would make a 100 mile ride totally worth it!

TRI714 said...

Man did it ever open up. ot a club ride in on Saturday and a 10 mile run in Sunday before all broke loose.
Do you do all your rides on a TRI bike ?
Just wondering

Kim said...

Looks like a great ride! Love the last pic! You are like half laughing and half - this sucks!!

Teresa said...

those treats look amazing!!! tn

jameson said...

we hit the rain in the last couple miles of our ride yesterday... not fun!

we all need sync up and log some miles soon... beth is always down for a muffin/pastry ride!

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

LOVE the long ride tour :)

Steve said...

Never underestimate your blah blah blah. That stuff is a lot more interesting than you think. Trust me.

Way to get a 100 miler in. I cringe at the thought of doing 100 minutes this time of year. :)

ADC said...

Love the photos. I really need to go over there and check all that lovely counrtyside.

Luke said...

atleast you were riding in the rain afte eating doughnuts :)