It was another beautiful night at Umstead Park!
Next time I go I will try and remember to take my camera to capture it. I don’t really know how to write about it except that it’s wooded and very green, and when I was walking back from my brick run tonight a deer crossed right in front of me. Love.
Oh, the brick run, don’t let me forget to tell you about that one, but it comes at the end of the ride so it will have to wait for now.
First of all, I am really proud of myself because I rode farther than I did last time I was out. I’m not sure of the distance I went but I rode for about an hour and 15 minutes, so I’m sure it was at least another mile. Up a very long hill on the way back too. Go me. I was happy about this because I always think I should be able to maintain the same pace on the way back as I do on the way out, but Umstead seems to have a lot of false flats, areas where it looks like you are riding on flat ground but in reality it is a bit downhill (fun!) or uphill (not fun). I bet you can guess, but most of these are on my way out, and I congratulate myself on how much I have improved and what a fast and wonderful cyclist I have become, only to turn around and curse myself for zero improvement and being slow and plodding along up every hill.
Add to that the problems that I am having with my tiny gear (technical term), and I am having to ride up the hills in a bigger gear than my legs want me to. So they get very mad at me and create all kinds of lactic acid. Now we’re having fun.
Anyways, I got to the turn off to go back where I parked about 10 minutes before I planned to (not because I was Speedy McSpeedster, I didn’t look at my watch and didn’t know what time I left the lot), so I rode a bit more. Downhill the whole way, meaning, well crap, now I have to turn around and go back up this thing. Climbing is good practice, right? Right. Grind on.
Ok so finally back to the parking lot, I put up my bike, stretched my legs, fiddled with my water bottle for a minute, anything to put off doing this 5 minute brick run that I knew was going to kill me just like last time. Finally I started to run and, hey, it’s not so bad! Don’t get me wrong, there is still nothing good about it, but it definitely felt like an improvement over last time. And then there was that deer to top it all off. Nice!