Two separate sessions because I switched my Garmin 305 into biking mode after about 4 minutes, and it (1) split the timed session into a "run" and "bike" session, and (2) put a whole bunch of "multi-sport" fields in place of my selected screens. I guess I'm gonna have to spend some time changing them back.
I've been watching the Tour Divide
since June 8th. I'm not 100% sure that is the correct name, but whatever. Anyway, if you haven't seen the documentary "Ride the Divide", you should. It's a bike ride slash race that starts in Banff, AB and goes to the border of Mexico, and it generally follows the Continental Divide. It has a ton of climb: 42 vertical miles in 2745 miles of the route. It seems to me that the real discriminator of time-on-the-course is the rider's ability to climb a lot every day. The winners average over 3miles vertical per day, and you have to average 1.4 miles per day (2.25km) to do it in 30 days (which also means you have to ride about 100 miles per day as well).
Anyway, all these riders have been riding ***the entire freaking day*** while I'm sitting on my butt at work and in the car and in front of my computer. So I got fed up, cleaned off my old old mountain bike (with slick tires), found a pair of bike shorts, found and filled up a water bottle, mounted my GPS (foam and the wrist band)...and thinking of nothing else I could do to waste time, I closed the garage door without ever throwing my leg over the bike. Which is sort of a hail mary pass, or maybe a "I've-been-totally-overthinking-this.-Just-grip-it-and-rip-it,-Matt.-This-means-you."
But, amazingly, nothing needed adjusted (except to lower the saddle a tiny bit), no screwdrivers, no brake tools, the pads didn't squeal, maybe could have used 5 psi more in the rear, and...I finally got started.
Had a blast. Did a micro Tour de Sharon Woods (click blue globe).
Tried to pick a route with several longish climbs (none too big), and now totally respect anyone who can do multiple-vertical-miles in a day, day after day (It's nothing I didn't know already, but now I'm actually feeling it). I did maybe 350m climb, less than 1/4 mile, and I'm not quite dead for the day, but I'll feel it tomorrow.
First ride of the year. w00t. And my butt hurts. Need to research saddles.