Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Beautiful Saturday

Each weekend while I was housebound with my leg, I imagined riding strong in Fulshear with my friends in cool, crystal clear spring weather. Today the dream came true. Okay, maybe I wasn't "riding strong", but I did finish with everyone else and the weather was as good as it's ever been. Ken, David, Debbie, Pat and Ben joined me at the City Hall parking lot at 8:30. It was a little brisk so we all had jackets or windbreakers. This is the weekend for the MS 150 so the gas station parking lot across the street, usually packed with wedgie riders, was deserted. Typically, we'll see 300-400 wedgies on a Saturday morning ride. Today we saw just 3.

The spring scenery was breathtaking. Brilliant greens and wild flowers were in evidence all around.

Here is the group just 5 miles out of Fulshear. We don't usually stop here, but my out of shape legs and butt needed a short break, probably more so since this was my first outing on the V2 Formula.

This was my first attempt at a regular Fulshear ride. My rides out here last weekend were only abbreviated runs. My bike performed well and I had no problems with it. My bad leg is sufficiently strong now that I can lift it to the pedals to get started. That's something I couldn't do just a month ago. I noticed today while riding that I can actually see the difference in my legs. My right thigh is still atrophied and slightly less developed than my left one. While I had the stamina to finish the ride, I was the slowest rider of the group. That's a place I hate to be. My lack of conditioning was particularly evident on the last leg of the ride from Wallis to Fulshear. I could keep everyone in sight, but only just. Ben hung in there with me for a few miles and Ken and David circled back for me in the home stretch. By the time I reached the parking lot, I felt I had just finished the Hotter N' Hell Hundred. More miles will fix that.

This is why it's called P Wall. Nice shot Debbie.

Miles Ridden Today: 34.5
Miles Ridden This Year: 211.1