Back in the saddle again…..
I hate it when I do that! I thought it once as I headed to work on my bicycle, then found myself wanting to sing that old Gene Autry song all the way to work. Aargh!
Except for a little residual pain, I’m starting to feel like I can begin seriously working toward regaining my fitness after that stupid surgery. To that end, I went for a run this morning, and felt pretty darn good. I ran for 3.22 miles at a 9:46 pace, which put me faster than I normally run with Pam. I wasn’t shooting for any particular goal, but just settled into an easy and comfortable pace that I felt I could sustain for quite a while and that’s what I ended up with.
From there, I jumped on the bike for my first bike commute in two weeks. And discovered this…..
Yep, that would be a closed road at Catalpa where I pass under Highway 65 on the way to and from work. To avoid this will probably add 1.5-2 miles each way, and to back-track this morning would have cost me more than that. In spite of several workers there this morning, I didn’t see a lot of real activity, so I pushed my bike over the pile of soft, crushed limestone and went on through. I’m sure they’ve got it closed for work on the 65 bridge, since there was a crane parked over to one side. What was there this morning looked mostly like equipment and supplies storage, so I guess I’ll probably keep walking through until somebody says something to me.
Other than that little surprise, it sure felt good to be “back in the saddle again”.
Oh…I had my first flat on the Surley last night. Ten months and 2,600 miles after I got it, the front valve-stem failed as I was filling the tires last night in preparation for this morning. Hopefully it’s not the beginning of a slew of flats!
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