MLiP Wednesday: First Ride of the Year

I admit that I’m a wimp when it comes to the weather – particularly any weather that threatens cold temps, rain, wind, high temps and humidity.  Bicycling weather has a narrow window and I like to stick to that window.  Last night I was in the clear with nice temps, a light breeze and the bugs weren’t horrible.  Mr. Muse suggested the ride, I agreed and donned my padded cycling shorts.

Men – if you harbored any curiosity about what it’d be like to have to use a sanitary napkin – purchase and wear padded cycling shorts.  Then wear them every day for 4-8 days.  Yeah – it’s like that – sort of.

I got sidetracked.  Cycling shorts are far from flattering and once I had mine on, Rod Stewart’s song “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” started up in my head.  My brain was mocking me.  How dare it!  (MAN! That was some awesome hair in that video… and Rod’s pants… leggings?)

I forgot that cycling uses different muscles than walking and I did well for the first  half of the 7 miles but the second half I was feeling it.  My quads hurt, my alveoli felt like they were popping, I had bugs getting into my hair through my helmet vents.  But, there was a great sunset at the river.  And I didn’t swallow any bugs.  I also didn’t blow a tire like Mr. Muse.

Sunset at the River, my trusty steed - only 22 years old, and... hey - my butt looks pretty good in padded cycling shorts!

Sunset at the River, my trusty steed – only 22 years old, and… hey – my butt looks pretty good in padded cycling shorts!

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About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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10 Responses to MLiP Wednesday: First Ride of the Year

  1. Smoothalx says:

    Need to ride my bicycle again. It will never be the same when I put on cycling shorts LOL

  2. sassycoupleok says:

    Laughing…..you have such an entertaining way with words. The winters rob us of so much of our muscles, so doing something as simple as riding a bike again can become chore. But the pick of the sunset proves it was all worth it. BTW you butt looks pretty good out of those shorts as well ! 😉

    • LOL thank you! There is a photo from The Big Nude Boat this year of me and two other lovely women (who have become friends) with butts to the camera. When I saw the photo I admit that I did a bit of comparing and you know what – it DOES look pretty damn good. I still need to do more squats!

      As for my words – I try there too. Mr. Muse laughed at me and shook his head when I made the “sanitary napkin” comment. At least I amuse him!

  3. I could have used a pair of those for a spin class …. 40 minutes of pure va jay jay agony followed by 2 days of walking like I rode a horse across the country. I’m glad you captured that beautiful photo…sore muscles and all.

    • LOL Last year I attempted to ride 18 miles on my bike one really pleasant day. That ride turned into me having to stop every few miles to let blood flow back to my bits ‘n pieces. I eventually finished the 18 miles but I went out and bought my padded cycling shorts the next day – and I was still somewhat numb. I encourage you to get the shorts – they really do help!

  4. John says:

    I wear bib shorts when I ride . . . there is no hiding the sexy — padded lycra that looks half like I’m wearing some kind of aerodynamic diaper and half like I’m wearing a wrestling singlet.

    Oh, the sexy, I has it.

    With any luck, tomorrow is my first real ride of the year — the only “big ride” that I’m interested in, this year (a century ride through all of the creeks in the nearby vicinity to me), I’m triple booked, so while I enjoy riding my bicycle, I haven’t been out very much. That said, I’m hoping to make the 26 mile ride (each way) to work tomorrow . . . the weather should support it and I think my legs are up for it.

    • Oh my! Twenty-six miles! I’d be dyin’ – then again, the route I take is along what is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the state of WI. Plus, I’d have a 70 mile round trip.

      I love the “aerodynamic diaper” image… that is awesome!

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