Tuesday, July 24, 2018
After yesterday we set a record high temperature, I was expecting more discomfort this day, to my surprise I saw a rain cloud hitting South Mountain and was heading eastwards my way, the thought of clouds or even rain was exciting for this days ride and I eagerly awaited to see what it would do. After an hour of good riding the clouds did reach me and despite 105F the riding really wasn't uncomfortable. The last 30 minutes were good and even thought about riding more.
I woke 2:30am to thunder and at 4am it was not much different. After a look at the radar the ride was looking sketchy but not wiped out. There was one heck of a lightning storm to watch as cloud to ground lightning was popping off everywhere on my drive. The radar read the threat would move out as I stood watching the show, it was beautiful and powerful. After 30 minutes my window opened and off I went into a beautiful sun rise and a little drizzle to wash me off, quite incredible.
Got connected with my friend Ryan and off to Usery looking for a mellow ride I picked the spot. Enjoyes the fast and easy approach and we chugged along quite happily under good cloud cover. Got the bellotown back built up and really enjoyed the upright steel deal quite a bit.
Friday, July 13, 2018
MIssing those early morning rides without sunblock but those school days of free time just beg me to ride. I went for San Tan having been awhile, I paid the fine I had in my glovebox for the last 2 months, a measely 5$ but its now over. I wish it felt ore fun to be on less ridden soil but it was bland but did me just fine. Even got some intemittent clouds near the end!
A major cool down was in store for the second week of July, lost of storms and clouds and even temperature drop! I can't remember being so lucky after 3 summers to have it this good in July so celebrate! Legs slightly off since Saturdays shock to the system but on these easy trails any condition can do. Monday was quite humid, it was only 80F but with humidity in the air it was a bit sweaty but just fine.
Abslutely incredible trip to the Bahamas as always. I relucantly ran out in the later part of the day in an agressive manner of 114 degrees. The car said 117F but who is counting. Strangely it didn't feel all to bad as any chance of sweating would immediately evaporate and a slight breeze in my favor. Legs were as fresh as they get, once a year I am off the bike for 2 weeks and this was the annual trip that they get solid rehab. I walked the beach plenty and felt them rest, back on dirt they didn't feel much different except for my heart rate. It was a good pedal and enjoyed it out there more than I should given the HEAT! I am back and ready for rides.