Today was absolutely beautiful, and a welcome change from the cold and snow on Saturday. My husband actually had today off so he went for a long bike ride this morning while I held down the fort with our boys. Then, this afternoon we all headed out for a ride together. My husband took our boys in the burley and I got out my new tri bike. The boys were so excited because this was the first time they've been able to go on a bike ride probably since this fall. But, I think I was even more excited because this was the first time I've been able to ride outside since fall too! And, I got to ride my new tri bike which I've only ridden outside once, which was on the day I picked it up in October!
Although my road bike had clip on aero bars and I was used to riding in aero, I was a little nervous about taking out my tri bike because of the more aggressive aero position. Plus, the shifters are completely different than my road bike. I stayed with my husband and boys for a little while, then took off on my ride while they went to play at the park.
Once I was off on my own, all the nervousness went away. It just felt so good to finally be riding outside. You can ride every day on a trainer, but it's a completely different experience riding outside. I got into aero without any hesitation and started passing other riders (not that there were too many out on a Monday afternoon, but it still felt great!). I felt sooo fast and light. I tried to look at my Garmin to see how fast I was going, but for some reason it wasn't reading. Turns out when my husband switched out my wheels he forgot to put the cadence sensor back on, so my Garmin had nothing to read...ha ha.
It's amazing how different my tri bike is than my road bike. I mean, I love my road bike and it will always hold a special place in my heart. But, my tri bike is just so comfortable and did I mention fast? :) I completed the loop and headed back to meet up with my husband and boys. I couldn't ride too long, but I got in a good 45 minutes during one of our snowiest months. I'll take it! Oh, and I'm glad I did because the forecast calls for more snow tomorrow...boo!
It's definitely going to be hard to get back on the trainer after being outside. But, I know my next ride outside will come sooner rather than later. Thank you Mrs. Spring for giving us a glimpse of your warmth today. It was awesome! :)