Last weekend was one of the busiest ones I have had for a long time on the fitness front.
Saturday morning bought a swim, then I decided on a whim to attend the Specialized Bicycles test day out at Gap Creek. I have been intrigued to try out mountain biking, having never ridden a mountain bike before. I even admit I don’t know what the first thing to look for is in a mountain bike. I got to trial a dual suspension bike, complete with some very fat tyres. One of the demonstrators took me out onto a single track – that is a path where only one rider can go at a time. All I can say is, “wow” after throwing myself around trying to avoid tree roots, rocks and other hazards. My heart felt like it would explode out of my chest from a mixture of adrenalin rush, coupled with fear .. aka please don’t pop your hamstring.
Sunday brought the Brisbane to Gold Coast ride event run by Bicycling Qld, and I was lucky to secure tickets as a corporate VIP due to my current job role, which involved food and massages at the end of the ride. That gave me something to look forward to, as I began the ride with my friends, Anne and Elaine, hurtling down the South East busway. Unfortunately, we managed to become separated and it felt like from the get go my legs were like concrete blocks. Then I felt my brake pad rubbing against my wheel providing resistance that was not needed.
Eventually I was able to catch up with the girls after the second pit stop, where I had refuelled with a banana and some lollies – why are milk bottles and those false teeth so appealing when you need a quick carb hit?
Realising that I was having a tough day of it, Anne and Elaine kindly offered their wheels to draft off all the way to Southport, where we made our way to our corporate tent – and it didn’t disappoint – a fantastic spread of fruit, drinks, shade and massage awaited us.
I then met up with my perennially cheerful mate, Caro, and we hoofed it back 25km to the Coomera train station and enjoyed a nice ride home in airconditioned comfort. Finally, I rode back to my starting point at Toowong, 130km done for the day. Not bad for a “ham on the bone” five months post op.
When I got home, it was time to do recovery properly and I filled up the bath and added some Bexter’s Soda Crystals and jumped straight in. Bexter’s Soda Crystals are derived from limestone and have been formulated to assist in the recovery process in a crystalline form. I really enjoyed my bath and felt like million bucks afterwards. In fact i love spending time on recovery as you feel like you are really something good for yourself and you are.
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