Today the Guy and I decided it was time to revive an old tradition, the Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride. We took a long break from biking during the winter, because I just can’t bring myself to bike outdoors in freezing temperatures. It was sunny but still quite cold, about 45 F, but we wanted to go anyway, so we simply put on a few extra layers.
As our destination we chose one of our favorite restaurants, which is about 6 miles away from our home. The area around Hopsville is quite hilly. I would have prefered an easier course for our first ride, but we just don’t have one around here. Our route starts with a long, moderate ascend, that showed me that I lost quite some stamina during the winter.
We’ve taken that course a few times last summer, so I knew that there was another hill after about 4 miles, but a much harder one! It’s a long, very steep ascend, that nearly killed me during my first attempt. But today I conquered that hill like a pro! At least I felt like one.
At the halfway point we stopped at the restaurant, to warm up with some hot drinks. The Guy had coffee, and I ordered a cup of camomile tea. Exactly what I needed at that moment.
The way home was a bit easier, as it was mostly downhill or flat, with only one moderate ascent shortly before arriving at home.
All in all we covered 13 miles (21 km) in about 80 minutes. Not bad for our first ride!
So, how did we re-fuel after our ride? With homemade pizza!
I polished off the entire thing, and I don’t feel guilty at all! I worked hard for that pizza!
Have a great week!