Two days in row of the first short-sleeve riding weather!? I'll take it!
I was having a glorious afternoon ride yesterday, deciding to take advantage of the last day of spring and the second day of warm sunny weather in a row. You couldn't ask for a better day. The sky was blue and the drivers were polite and courteous at around 1:30-3:00PM while I was out. Well, most of the drivers anyway.
I was hoping for a lovely long ride today but I bailed on the plan and turned back because it is STILL ONLY 5 BLOODY DEGREES HERE!!! (And I made some poor clothing choices.) It was cold and damp and after pushing over the really rocky bit by the Hydro plant, I was sweaty and I had chosen wool which actually made me colder because I forgot to wear a base layer (thinking it would warm up enough). Anyhow, I just wasn't feeling it, so decided to turn back and come home.
We hopped on the bikes this morning for 112km and around 1400m of climbing around the Avalon. A stop at our friend Heather's for a cup of tea, followed by a little lunch at The Grounds in Portugal Cove to keep us going. Beautiful day back home in CBS, foggy everywhere else!
A very tough/bumpy 130kms on the #NLTRailway today. A bit hard on the old joints. We loaded up the truck and left bright and early for a start near Brigus Junction.
My first race in Newfoundland!
I loved my first road race in NL! I had gotten away from road racing before we left Qatar, and more interested in ultra-distance.
It was a pretty special weekend spent with Rock Adventures and kayaking with icebergs!
We made the nearly 450km drive after making the last-minute decision to spot some of these incredible icebergs we have been seeing online. We packed up our bikes and away we went.
Happy Birthday to Me!
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I read them all after a big day up the opposite coast (the one we look at everyday from our place).☀️🚵🏻♀️🚵🏻♂️🎈
A Glimpse of Labrador!
Hello Labrador! While it was incredibly frustrating to be forced to fly halfway across Canada in the wrong direction (waving to our home as we flew over), it was a treat to see northern Labrador in its snow-and-ice glory today.
I never thought I would be riding multi-day stage races, or completing ultra endurance events on a bike. Not in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined riding the kind of technical trails I did in BC Bike Race last year.
But I did. It's not always pretty, but I do it because I can. And because it is life-affirming in a way that I can never seem to put exactly the right words around.
Vertical elevation: 2500m
Temperature: Around 0-8C