|© 2014 Tammy Kaufman - Ginger - soft pastels on Uart 500 sanded paper 6" x 4.5", silent auction submission|
And all that was just the start of the weekend! I also had a 6-hour mountain bike race on Saturday, but it ran from noon until 6 p.m., so at least I got to sleep in a little. Realizing I am extremely out of shape, having not been biking much at all with this seemingly never ending winter we've been having (I'll be the first to admit I'm a fair-weather-biker), I still elected to attempt the race on my rigid singlespeed. Right now, it's the smallest, easiest to maneuver bicycle I have, and the race course was on a relatively flat and flowy course, so I figured why not? The first couple of hours were fine - at least after I changed to my padded gloves after the first lap; that rigid fork and unpadded gloves equaled a bad combination. However, by lap four, I began to experience skeletal and muscular pain, and I mean real, severe pain. My left elbow kept going achingly numb, both big toes developed a deep throbbing pain almost like stone bruises, and my knees - particularly the right postsurgical one - were screaming. And that's not even thinking about my back, neck and even chest that were hurting as well. Considering this race was only six hours and on a fairly easy trail, I can only attribute all that to an egregious lack of fitness from not riding hardly at all over the entire winter, and being seriously overweight (damn you, Costco Tiramisu!) By lap five, I was honestly considering switching over to the geared full suspension bike, but my stubborn nature said NO, and I stuck it out to the bitter end with the unsuspended nongeared bike, eventually turning in six laps, the last two of which were just tormentingly, painfully slow. I probably should have been embarrassed by such a lackluster performance but oddly enough mentally I felt great during the whole race, especially for a, as my doctor put its it, "Triple F" - "fat, 50-plus, female". My final finish time was 5 hours and 40 minutes, with my bike computer showing a total ride time of 4 hours and 29 minutes. Had I not taken those three long breaks, I would have had time to get in another lap and mentally I probably could have done that, but in all honesty, I really doubt I had another lap in me physically.
Regardless, between being able to complete the race, having such a fun time at the art exhibit and then even finding a little bit of time to paint on Sunday, overall I'd have to call this weekend a Win.