Friday, April 20, 2007

Riding the Red Rocket

Yesterday marked the maiden mountain bike voyage on my new bionic leg. It was also the first time I had ridden my new bike. I was embarrassed to have this amazing beauty between my legs and not knowing how to ride it properly (bad flashbacks to first high school girlfriend…more things to discuss with my therapist). When I used to race cars I would often snicker at some of the So Cal racers that had the nicest, newest race cars, but couldn’t drive to save their butt. It was almost a gimme when you lined up against them. I am now one of those blokes, sitting other side of the fence while real mountain bikers snicker at me. My bike is cherry, an amazing piece of technology that should be ridden by top level athletes. Instead she is stuck with me…for better or worse, however she doesn’t have the opportunity to leave. It’s like owning a Ferrari, but only capable of driving a Yugo. I have yet to name my new bike as I am waiting to see what kind of attitude she brings to my rides. Sassy? Courageous? Fierce? Fast? Is she more like a cheetah, a gazelle or a race horse? Time will tell and I will keep everyone informed on my new baby’s name.

Back to the ride…it was a gorgeous night and 8+ friends showed up to christen my new leg. I decided to stick to fire roads and avoid any single track to lessen the chances of falling over or stopping immediately. We decided to ride up to Poo Poo point as the sunset would be amazing. Amazingly I felt pretty good on the ride. The gradual climbs felt fine, but I was definitely suffering as the gradient steepened. I’m pretty sure I deposited one of my lungs on the trail. I was even more surprised that the fast descents didn’t bother me. I was very comfortable at the high speeds and maneuvering my bike. The view at Poo Poo was beautiful. It took me 54 minutes to get to Poo Poo, which is about 8-9 minutes slower than when I am healthy. Hopefully I can start shedding that time down soon. The ride back to the parking lot was a bit more difficult as my leg was weakening, but all-in-all it was a good ride with great friends.

Until next time…keep the rubber side down.

The beautiful view from Poo Poo Point (check out hang glider on the right)

My new baby and I on our first outing

Roger and I enjoying the view


Glenn said...

Your bike is laughing at you. witing to throw you just to mock you. Meanwhile your poor Yeti is yearning for you to ride it a show it some love. At night it cries because of the way the S works treats you.

Can you not see what is right befor eyour eyes!!

THRILL said...

oh my gosh, I was near going to write what Glen wrote. Same thoughts. I keep thinking of you sleeping on the floor curled with the Yedi, I cuddled with Don, ok that was a joke, and you just couldn't help yourself and say "Goodnight Yedi" poor poor yedi! HOWEVER your new bike is beautiful. Cherry Blossom... or is that to femi? (This is De Ja Vu..did Glen once post, and i replied the same.. am I writing forever.. whose blog is this.. ?mine... Will this thing run out of character space.. cuz I can continue...ciao. JP

Hart said...
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Hart said...

wait a second.. are you wearing a sega riding jacket! what the?!