Today, before heading to town, I rode Raudi and ponied Tinni. I rode without stirrups. I had a wonderful ride. It was about 0° F out, overcast, snowing just a bit. Raudi maintained a perfect pace and Tinni followed suit. I rode all our loops. It could not have gone better. I have to say that I managed my time well – first doing my body awareness work and then getting outside right after.
Pete and I spent the entire afternoon at the Palmer bicycle shop. Brandon and Kevin, spent a LOT of time with us – answering questions and just talking. If I was way younger, I would have had a crush on these two guys – they are both fit and extremely articulate. But I am now much older – with my hair unbrushed I looked like a deranged older woman. If I wasn’t purchasing a bicycle, I would have been invisible.
Pete went with me on a test ride. He rode his mountain bicycle with the new studded tires. We went on a trail paralleling the side road; I floated over the snowy trail and Pete got bogged down. So we went back and got a test bicycle for him to ride. Had Pete said that he wanted a bicycle, I would have foregone getting one – I’m just that way.
I feel okay now, but I have to admit that I am not at all in bicycling shape. I will get in shape because I have aspirations. I’d like to do a combination bicycle/horse trip this summer. And I’d like to do a long distance trip next winter.
We’ll see. First, I must figure out, time-wise, how I am both going to get a ride in and horses out. Gosh, I lead a tough life.
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