I was so inspired by the first half of the Tour de France Stage II this morning, that I had to get out on my bike! After our Saturday night festivities, nobody was jumping out of bed this morning. Slowly but surely, my brother and his fiancé emerged and joined me watching the start of stage II. My brother is just as into it as I am and his fiancé thinks he’s just as crazy as the BOY thinks I am!
As everyone made their way out the door, it was just me and Cooper watching the TV. Feeling encouraged by the extreme athletic accomplishments of this hilly course, I pulled myself together with thoughts of a longish bike ride. I paused the tour about half way through and decided to drive out to the Fox River Trail.
I think it’s been about 2 years since I’ve been riding or running out in this area. I kind of remembered how to get there and find the trail. What surprised me was how close the trail actually is to my house (only about a 12 minute drive).
I began riding north planning to go about an hour and then turn around and head back. My bike computer is still out of commission, so I wasn’t sure how fast (or slow) I was going or what my exact distance would be. As I rode into McHenry county, it appeared that they’ve redone their trail.
The pavement was smooth and the views beautiful as I weaved away from the river and up north towards the big open fields. The clouds were dark and thick, threatening rain, so I was tempted to turn around at about 30 minutes when I saw a trail detour. Instead, I pressed on knowing that there were big hills ahead. I have vivid memories of walking my bike up these hills as they may be the biggest I’ve seen in this area.
Before I got to the big hills where I was planning to ride for the polka dot jersey, the skies got darker and the wind stronger. At about 50 minutes, I decided it was smarter to turn around leaving the hills for another day. With the wind at my back, I sailed back south towards my car.
I cruised back appreciating the views on this rustic trail.
When I arrived back at my car after about 95 minutes of biking, the sun was shining and I forgot that I was ever worried about the weather. Despite having 3 strength training days prior to today’s ride, my legs felt surprisingly strong. My next stop was the bike shop. I have an appointment this week for typical maintenance. It’s been a long time since I’ve had my hybrid fixed up and after much thought, I decided that I would take it in this summer instead of my road bike. Mostly because I am not doing a triathlon this summer and also because the people I have been and will be riding with don’t have road bikes, it makes the most sense to spend this season on my hybrid.
Then, it was back to the grocery store before returning home for lunch, a shower, and of course the second half of this morning’s Tour de France. I can’t wait to see who really is the king of the mountains!
Is anyone else watching the Tour de France?
What did you see on your bike/run today?