So I got my new trike in and automatically I started calling her Serenity. It gives me a peaceful feeling of serenity when I ride because of the wonderful full suspension on the trike. So I started switching things over such as putting on the brace for my Veltop but then I realized that I lose almost 2 inches on the back of my rack because they have “AZUB” cut into the rack, but I made do and I’m using my same rack bag.
Thankfully I’ve discovered that it is easier to get on and off of my trike even with the Veltop up which makes me happy. So I added the top, figured out and arranged my tail lights and then I found out that I can’t use my side bag mount. I think that I will need to check into getting another side bag mount for my trike because it is nice to keep some snacks up close to me without having to stop and dig through the cramped rack bag.
I will admit that I had a very hard time trying to change out my pedals to the BMX pedals with the velcro straps which helps but still working on finding my happy place on seat position. I switched my ventilated seat pad over to the new Serenity but I would later change my mind about the switch. Then my silly cadence sensor went out and I fussed thinking it wasn’t in the right position or something was blocking it until I sat down one night and realized it was probably just a dead battery. Sure enough replaced the battery and I’m doing good.
The weather wasn’t always so good on the weekend days so I started making quick trips on my trike around the area, just 7 – 14 mile rides, something to test my ability to climb a few slow incline hills (I failed the tests cause the hills got the best of me) hoping to train better for hill climbing. I’m sure if some DF would have been on the road, they would have smoked me and laughed in their rear view mirror at me. I’m not saying I’ve ever been great on hills but wow, I have no strength in my legs now days.
I did a couple of 30 mile rides and found that I was completely out of energy by the time I hit 20 miles. I used to rest on the half way mark but lately I only would relax for 10-20 minutes and then take off. When I used to ride a DF all I needed was a 10 minute break but that was when I was much younger but then again I used to fizzle out at mile 25 and the last 5 miles were a killer. Now I fizzle out at 17 or 19 miles and then if it weren’t for a few great downhills I would probably be taking over 4 hours to do 30 miles.
I keep on hoping that my 30 mile rides and my short 7-14 mile rides are helping me get further out in the state which I know they are, I’m just a little bit anxious to get out on the open road and ride those miles on my own. So here’s hoping that my miles are adding up.
Wait, I just did a tally and found out that I’m only 65 miles outside of El Paso. Time wise I’m unable to drive out in the area to do my ride, so unless I get rich and can afford to take a plane ride, I’ll have to use make up miles to plot my course further along. I think I will start saving up the make up miles because on my route, I see that I’ll have to travel at least 123 miles in the desert up hills and I know that at this point in the game I’m no where able to do anything close to that distance. It would probably take me 2 whole days to make the ride if I could survive the heat, especially during the summer months.
I’m almost out of Texas and anxious to get back out on the open road. I’m pretty sure that statement is going to come back and bite me in the shinny.