Just because something looks like a good idea, it still pays to think it through...
I've spent the last nine months training for the BTTB either on a stationary bike indoors or on the same west to east bike trail that is perfectly flat.
I decided I needed to switch it up a bit and experience some open roads to get used to the conditions I might face when I actually do the 35 mile ride.
The first thing I did was scope out some possible routes by car, making sure the traffic was mild and there were ample bike lanes.
One road I found had very little traffic and the speed limit was 35 miles an hour, but most importantly, the bike lane seemed to be ideal. I clocked the route out on my odometer and from the start to my final destination it would be 1.3 miles... piece of cake!! I've gone much further than that a million times.
So last Saturday the weather was perfect and I knew it was the day to take this route for a test ride. It was very smooth sailing... that was until I saw the steep hill in the horizon. It's funny how that hill seemed non existent when I was in my car.
You know how I mentioned my strong leg always pushed the weak one?? Well, I soon discovered that only works on a flat surface. I managed to make it half way up the steep hill, then I started to panic a bit when I realized my weak leg had no more power left to make the rotation. I felt that rush you get when you're on a roller-coaster and as the cars are being pulled up by the cable you get the feeling that the cable could snap at any moment... Okay, maybe that's just me:)
I knew the only thing I could do was get off the bike and drag it to the top, and keep in mind I wasn't wearing my turbo leg (the nerve stimulater that makes my toe go up ) so I also had to be careful not to trip on my toe. How embarrassing would it be to admit I had gotten a bad case of "road rash" and I wasn't even riding...
This was the other side and it may not look steep but trust me it was!!!
Once I got to the top, the hill going down was a breeze, but as I made it to my final destination it hit me that the ride home would be exactly the same, only in reverse. I needed to find an alternate route.
I managed to find a way home that avoided that huge hill, but it ended up being 4 times as far, though I didn't care, at least it was flat.
At the time I didn't think to take these pictures to show you what I was talking about, but when I got home I got in my car and went back to take a photo so I could put it in my blog. I got out of my car and took the photo and then of course I had to go over the hill and take a photo of what it looked like coming back up.
You can see the side street coming out. I parked my car at the corner and got out and took a picture. As I was getting back in my car a Sylvania police car pulled up and the police officer rolled down his window. I thought maybe I was getting a ticket for parking my car illegally (of course you'd think he would at least get out to write it...). He asked me if everything was okay; I smiled and said "Yes, I just wanted to take a picture for... Yes, everything is great:)", and the police officer smiled and drove away.
Just think... If I had only gone on a told him the whole story I might be looking at a Sylvania Police officer on my team...!! That, or I could have talked my way right into a traffic ticket;) Sometimes you just have to know when to leave well enough alone:)
Have a great day!!
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