By Florida standards, it was frigid today. For some reason, Whitedog had me up at 02:00 and again at 04:00 a.m. to make his rounds and do his business. The wind was blowing pretty good, making it feel even colder. I slept in until almost 08:00, once I got back to sleep, and it was 40 degrees when I ventured out with my first cup of coffee. I like greeting the morning outside, letting the weather and the coffee gently bring me out of the fog of sleep. The day before, it was warm and raining…shorts weather. Florida weather is pretty fickle and I figure the big chill was a taste of the snow storms up north, blown in with the north wind.
The sun was gleaming today, with no humidity left in the atmosphere, making the day sparkly and crisp. As I was sipping my second cup of coffee, I glanced over at my Vita and decided that today was the day. Today was 60 days since I fell and broke my pelvis and I just needed to get back on the bike. I have missed cycling more than I can say. I waited until the temperature was up to 48 degrees, but the wind was still blowing 7-10 mph, so I layered up and set off on my first ride in 2 months. At first, I noticed that my left leg felt weaker than the right, but after a good 15 minutes of warm up at 8 mph, I was feeling pretty good. I tried to keep my cadence below 70 rpms and several times I caught myself climbing to 80-90 rpms. I was so elated to be cycling again, it was difficult to maintain a slower cadence. My average speed was 9.6 mph for 38 minutes, with the exception of a short sprint at 14.2 mph to avoid the gnashing teeth of a small ankle biter.
I ended up putting in 6.13 miles and could have probably gone even further, but I didn’t want to push my luck. Slow and steady wins the race, sometimes. My total miles since July 6, (with 2 months off recovering) are 401.5. Not too bad for an old lady 🙂