Had a good start for my first week on my quest to ride 4000 km’s by 40. I managed to commute 5 of the 10 eligible trips to and from my office. The weather was a mixed bag (of shit) but if you have the right kit and a little bit of crazy you can ride in almost anything. My normal commute is through the Calgary river valley but due to last years floods, all the bridges I use are wiped out. My new commute consists of residential, river valley pathways, city streets, and the odd “short cut” like the one pictured above. I think my road bike officially hates me and I am seriously thinking about getting a commuter bike (cyclocross most likely) that will deal with the unorthodox routes I travel. Aside from the snow, constant wind, rain, pea gravel, idiots “walking” their dogs in their cars while their precious babies run wild like a pack of wolves, getting cut off several times, and eating several mouthfuls of dirt mixed with dog crap that people did not pick up this winter – the riding was actually very fun.
I also managed to get out for some “real” riding in the backroads this weekend. In honour of Paris Roubaix that went this morning, I rode hills and some really rough roads. Hills are a great way to test fitness, or show you that you don’t have any…needless to say, I have some work to do this spring. All in all, it is great to be back on the bike – even if it means daily washings and maintenance!
180 kms down – 3820 km’s to go!