Originally Posted by rft63
I did something this morning I have not done since I was maybe ten years old. I got up and the temp was already in the mid sixties so I decided to try a little fishing. Once I got all my stuff together I loaded it on my run-around the neighborhood bike and pedaled off to a stock tank that is within a mile of my house. I really felt like a kid again and that is something I needed today.
PS. I did catch 7 bass in about two hours, all catch and release of course.
This reminds me of my first learning to ride a bike - a year ago. From my blog:
Ride Report, March 10, 2007
Today I rode the Tour de Parking Lot. Riding time was 58 minutes, distance was 6.08 miles. Like last time, no fancy riding was displayed, just the basics.
The parking lot was that of the Ridge Fire Company in Spring City, PA, off Rt. 23. It was larger than the lot I used last week, but like that previous lot, it had a large pile of melting snow and road salt. It also had a slope to it, so that about a quarter of my riding was uphill. It forced me to begin to use gear changes. The hill also forced me to get used to speed - I reached 11 miles an hour on the descent at one point. OK, that's nothing to most readers of this blog, but remember I didn't ride as a child. Becoming comfortable with traveling at high rates of speed perched atop two gyroscopes is going to be a long process.
Still, I think I'm going to enjoy the learning curve. Unlike most bicyclists who read this blog, I'm experiencing the joy of learning to ride at an age where I can appreciate it. It's fun to become a kid again, or in my case, become a kid for the first time. I splashed through streams of melting snow, getting the bike and the cuffs of my jeans wet. I tried to go as slow as possible and keep the bike balanced. I tried to find the best approach to the downhill part of the lot so I could gain the most speed. I leaned into turns, I went downhill without braking, I tried to use the speed I gathered on the downhill run to give me momentum for the uphill part of the loop. As I sped along on two wheels, I started humming the first thing that came to mind - music from Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score to The Adventures of Robin Hood, in particular the scene where Errol Flynn escapes the gallows, jumps on a horse, and rides off. OK, so I more closely resemble Friar Tuck than Robin Hood. Still, my metal horse and I were riding off, at least in my mind.
The bike performed very well. Unfortunately, adjusting Excelsior hasn't helped my upper back. I'm still leaning forward too much. My posture on the bike was poor. Nor was the spin bike at the gym much of a preparation for riding outside. My back, butt, and hands are very sore at the moment. Let's hope this is just the breaking in period.
Afterwards I put in 27 minutes on the recumbent exercise bike at the gym, and completed 15 minutes of stretches.