Last night, I sort of had a reasonable plan on doing some sort of a workout, then the FedEx guy showed up. Received my new bicycle, to help foster my next psychotic dream of doing a Triathlon, possibly in November.
Paid a whopping $197 for this puppy, but it is a Schwinn so not like a total POS, just their most basic road bike. I just couldn’t see pulling the trigger on a fancy bike like my boss bought @$1,800 when I just need to get from A to B right now. If I ever start winning races (NOT) then maybe we will see about a nicer ride.
I took it out last night for a quit spin and other than needing to adjust the brakes a bit, was pretty easy to get moving, easy to shift with the paddle shifters and seemed very stable, given it was raining and winds at 20 MPH at the time. I have some quick release shoes, so will have to look at getting some new peddles, but I am fine with the toe clips for now. Can’t wait to start going for rides since Fall is basically about 24 hours from showing up here in Wyoming.
Speaking of which, I took a couple of pictures of my run the other night, simply to show anyone of my tens of readers what the views are like at nearly 7,000 feet.
The sun is setting over Utah which is three miles away from where we live. The mountain range in the distance there is the Wasatch Front, about 60 miles away, which is where Salt Lake City sits behind.
Looking North, overtop of I-80 about 100 feet below, the mountains in the distance are along the Wyoming/Utah/Idaho border about 30 miles away. When I run my 8 mile/Africa route, I cut across this valley for about 4 miles.
This is my big hill, about 100 feet in 0.25 miles topping out at 6,970 feet. You know it is high because my company has a cell tower just off to the right that covers the entire town of Evanston and can see 45 miles north to the next tower.
Next time I go on my longer out and back route I will take a couple of snaps, as it is a very long, open, lonely road. My last 11 mile run, I saw 8 hawks/raptors who seemed to be either following me around or just waiting for me to crash. I love seeing the wildlife on my runs and have seen deer, rabbits, antelope, eagles and hawks along with a ton of road kill, which I can do without.
Anyway, 24 hours from now I should be just topping my 3 mile hill and heading down for the finish.