First Outdoor Ride

23/05/2019 Posted by admin

I can’t believe that it’s just over a month away from the 2011 MS Bike Tour. It seems like only yesterday that I pulled into Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers last year after about a five hour ride from Camrose ready to stuff my face with hamburgers, beans, coleslaw, potatoes, ice cream…..I think you get the idea that food plays a very important roll on this tour. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be taking you through my life as I prepare to participate on my 10th ride. You’ll be able to link to 8 video segments that were produced by the ace crew at Global Edmonton. You’ll learn all about the right bike to ride, the proper accessories, training, and most importantly how the money you’re raising is going to be spent.. 

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I consider myself to be in fairly decent shape for a middle aged guy who eats too much and gets very little sleep but I just haven’t had the chance to get out on the bike much this spring. Mind you spring is a relative term. The season may have arrived at the end of March but it only recently has made its presence felt. There are many tour participants who can’t wait for that first patch of asphalt to be cleared so that they can start pedalling up and down our city’s streets and trails but I’m not one of them. As much as I love  to cycle, I am at best a fair weather guy. I try to spend about an hour most days pedalling hard but getting nowhere aboard a stationary bike at the YMCA. Working out that way is great for your cardiovascular system but in order to prepare yourself properly it’s important to get in as many actual road rides as possible before the tour, otherwise your butt will pay the price. With that in mind I woke up bright and early this past Saturday morning determined to hit the road only to discover that my lower back was killing me and the temperature was a bone chilling 4 degrees, both good enough reasons to roll back over and go back to sleep. But it was then that I realized that I have to set a good example for you so I dug out the spandex shorts, (sorry I know this is a family blog but it’s a necessary evil) jersey, socks, gloves, cycling shoes, water bottles, iPod (I realize it’s dangerous but it’s my only vice) and most importantly my trusty helmet only to discover that both my tires were flat. Fortunately it was just an air issue so I pushed on the pump a couple of dozen times and I was off.   

Living out in the west end I’m just a hop skip and a jump away from the country roads which are relatively quiet and well maintained. There are way more potholes in the city than on the secondary roads. The air was fresh and the wind was light as I pedalled my way to Devon. It’s a fairly level ride until you reach that massive hill that takes you over the North Saskatchewan on Highway 60. That hill is a very good test for your gear system. It’s a great feeling when you reach your destination until you remember that you have to find your way back. I was tempted to call my wife to come and rescue me but thought better of it when I realized that I’d have to put it on the blog and that might be embarrassing. So I pointed my bike towards Edmonton and about an hour later I was stretching my aching muscles on my driveway. 

It’s now Tuesday afternoon, it’s 20 degrees and the sun is shining. A perfect day to get back out on the bike to see where my trusty Trek will take me. Please check back on a regular basis to view the very informative video clips. I’ll put them on the blog as soon as I can figure out how to get them uploaded   

Actually it’s now Friday night and after banging my head aginst the wall for a couple of days trying to figure out how to post the video my son Derek figured it out. Bike tour manager Keltie Tichkowsky tells you what to expect on the tour. 

Happy Trails, 

Mike 

 

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