Well Sunday a man from my bike group in Covington decided to try his new to him carbon fancy Giant bike..and asked if I wanted to hit the Comet. So we set a time (11AM) and he drove up and visited me in the new house! What fun, a Gentleman caller. He is getting a divorce, so no need to despair, my loyal fans, he is not for me...but still nice to have a male presence in the home. I also invited a newish friend of mine, Betsy and we all met to ride to the Comet (Our rails to trail path).
Having done the ride from my house to the path before, I knew it was hilly, but doable. It was fun for the three of us to suit up and leave from the house. My neighbor saw us and said we looked like serious bikers. As I looked back up at my awesome home...I thought - WOW!! I have a home and ride an awesome bike...and ya know, I also thought I was grateful to be in a body that could ride and a lot thinner than days gone by. So anyhoo...off we rode.
The day before was a hilly 38 miler so today I was a bit slow. Steve had his new super duper bike and Betsy had some left in her as well. At times I felt like I was really pushing it at 13.5mph!!! So I hope my friends were ok with my lower speed. We rode about 44 miles or so...Avg 15ish (Steve's was 16.1). I slowed them down a bit, but we had fun.
Next, Betsy was very excited had a house with a hose....and wait for it...a Part Tool Repair Stand. (I used my points from work and went on a Shopping Spree) so she offered to clean my bike and hers. She rides a mtn bikes, too and is on a team and is sponsored etc, has a Blue bike so I knew the woman could clean a bike. I was in good hands. She is becoming a dear friend - and hey I let her clean the bike. My job was to make the dip and shower grab beers...and hang. So we set up the rebounder (A bouncy thing) in the garage and Steve and I after showering (individually ) sat on the rebounder, martini or beer in hand and watched the miracle that was my bike unfold. Steve even drank one of my nasty tasting Fat Tire Beer...the big size...Well, my bike is now stunning! I learned I put way too much chain lube or whatever it is called on the chain. My method was to let the oil stuff drip and go into all 110 links then wipe off. Well that ended up with black stuff everywhere. Betsy says there was stuff on my tire, frame, etc. So now it's stunning...it's a white bike, who knew?
After the bike cleaning passed... Betsy showered and we made an impromptu bar-b-que dinner...now this is too much! The Bee is entertaining, bike riding, and owns a home (well still waiting to close, long story - but I live here til we get all the paperwork legal ...hopefully soon).
Anyhow we had a lovely evening....Tonight's ride, I will test my new bike...oh and Betsy and Steve put me on the Trainer and decided to adjust my bike....so I am closer to the front and lower. Hopefully that may stop me from bouncing side to side on the bike. I also learned I should work on not pointing my feet down...complete circles..... Seems Like I need to get my muscles used to the motion. Will practice on the Women’s group ride tonight. I hope my bike stays clean!