What a beautiful, amazing bike riding day it is today!! A good thing too - cause my legs are SO not up for running today, haha.
Got up this morning and felt it right away....major muscle pain in my quads. My own fault, I know. Don't worry, cause I'm paying for it with every step I take, haha. In fact, the pain is more than I felt after doing Ironman, if ya can believe it!! Then again I did get an IV after IM and I hear that really helps with recovery! Stairs are my enemy right now...so glad I live in a two story home. Ow, ow, ow. haha.
So I met up with Leslie at lunch time to go for a ride. I was sooo excited about the ride I could barely contain myself. It was a gorgeous day out and we were headed to Horse Creek - one of my favourite areas to ride.
With the first few pedal strokes I was in heaven! It felt so good to be on the bike, and even my legs didn't mind. I was like a kid in a candy store. Heck, I was like ME in a candy store happily munching on my ever favourite caramel and mini M&M's covered apple....ahhh, yes... pure heaven.
Les was wearing her IM bike jersey and we both still had our IM bike number stickers on our bike. It was cute. There were a ton of other IM jerseys and numbers out there too. I giggled every time I saw someone with that - it was really great to see. We are all so happily proud of our accomplishments - as we should be I think!
I am almost embarassed to write this...but of course I will because I'm always happy to make others laugh at my own expense. When I saw Les and the others with their IM jerseys on I was a little jealous and like "oh....I wish I had one to wear so I could be part of the 'clique'". It was almost an hour into the friggin ride when I remembered that I do indeed own an IMC bike jersey!!! I totally forgot I bought one out there. DOH! What an eeejit!! I told Les and she couldn't believe it. How could I forget?! Stupid recovery brain - can't think straight. It better be nice out next weekend so I can wear it!!
The ride was totally amazing, we had a great pace and we both felt awesome out there. It seemed so easy, I just wanted to ride forever. I'm sure I had a million aphids in my teeth because I was grinning ear to ear. The wind seemed to be coming at us at all directions, but we didn't care. It was truly one of those days when you thank the universe many times over because you are alive and doing what you love!!
While I was out riding and savouring every moment of it, I was also thinking of my good buddy IronGreg. He recently learned that a close family friend, a father figure really, had suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital in a coma. I talked to IronGreg last night about his friend, Ned. He described Ned as one of those people that is always smiling and happy. He definitely has a 'joie de vivre' and loves to make people laugh and smile.
I have a favour to ask everyone that reads my blog....take a moment today and send your positive energy to Ned in Regina. I truly believe this will have an effect!! It doesn't matter that we don't know Ned - we will do it because he is a person just like us who loves life to the fullest and who likes to spread joy to others. Let's do what we can with our positive mental energy!!! Thanks so much!