Ever notice how stoplights are always at the base of a hill, so you’re hard pressed to build up any speed once you hit the slope?
And on the subject of stoplights, ever notice that when you grab your water bottle for a drink at a red light, the light invariably turns green?
I continue to be passed on hills by other cyclists. It seems that most of them have thighs the size of my spare tire. Not the tire in my seat bag — the spare tire around my waist. I bet if I lose 15 pounds, I’d start passing some of them.
Biking is a great way to see a variety of wildlife that you would miss in a car because you’re driving too fast, or miss while walking, because you don’t cover enough ground. On this afternoon’s 18-mile ride, I saw a Roadrunner, a Blotched Water Snake (non-venomous, but about four feet long, crossing the bike path–I almost ran it over), a blue jay (not all that common in this part of Texas), and a tarantula as it crossed the bike path. Cool.
Practiced upshifting before downshifting to the small chainring — making progress.
Also working on clicking into the pedals without looking. Dana is right — it’s more effective that way.
Got passed by four cyclists during my ride this afternoon — and not one of them was an old guy!