I got to terms with my emotions yesterday - thanks Miss J for listening to my howlings - and I also felt a little better physically. I have had some aching joints and a bit of a runny nose these last few days but I didn't feel ill, just weak. It must have been the large amount of K's and heightmeters I had been absorbing the last month that caught up with me. Anyway, I feel gradually better, this week has been a relatively easy one on the biking muscles so I got ample opportunity to rest and recuperate.
Early this morning I got an SMS from someone asking me if I would join her for the Wavre ride. I declined because the weather forecast called for rain during the first part of the day. Sorry for being a coward, Sandrine, I hope you still got a great ride in. It's my loss, not yours.
I finally got out of bed around 10am and it still was dry outside. So I decided to do a ride in my local forest. I had a great ride, the trails were nearly dry and about 45 minutes into the ride it started to rain. The rain was light though and riding in the forest hardly allowed the drops to reach the forest floor through the thick leaf canopy , let alone bother me or making the trails wet . After an hour or so the drizzle stopped completely which had me wondering if this was all it was going to be. At the same time I got a pang of regret for not having done the Wavre ride.
Still, Meerdael forest was great, and I was careful to keep the pace low, so as not to strain myself. The smell of the wet forest is always a special one and the trails were moist but there was no mud to speak off.
I am pretty sure Theux would have been too much for me today, as I am sure Hamoir was yesterday. But I feel better, my head is clear - and you can take that both ways , literally and figuratively - and the legs felt better, a lot better. Whilst typing this I see the first rays of sun peering through the cloud cover giving me hope for next week.
The Litespeeds' 2001 SID SL fork - which isn't serviced yet due to the parts not being available - gave me no troubles . Normally the parts are due to arrive next week, but I'm not sure if I will keep the bike for the long weekend or turn it over to Filip Sport for maintenance. The latter option leaving me with only one bike for the long weekend. Ah, choices.
Ride Stats : 36K and 330 heightmeters in 1h51mins
13-05-2007, 13:36 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf