“I’m back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again”
“Back in the Saddle Again” was the signature song of Gene Autry , was co-written by Autry and Ray Whitley and fist released in 1939.
As October and November roll around each year, my enthusiasm to get out on the bike starts to wain. Each year I try to use this time to recover from a long summer and seriously ease up on the riding. This year I agreed to race the Two Man Time Trial at the Tour de Gruene which was on Sunday November 9th so my recovery period began a bit late. I kept up the training through the event and we did quite well thank you. 3rd by 0.1 mph in the 90-100 Merckx division.
Since the race ended I’ve spent minimal time on the bike, only leading the store rides on the weekends and a few spins around town on the fixed gear. As the weather continued to deteriorate through late November, there was just no reason to ride. Each day I would arrive early at work, look at the bike and the trainer and say not yet
Well, something odd happened on Tuesday – the sun came out. For those of you outside of central Texas, its been quite miserable here for the last week. The temperature barely got out of the 30’s and the much needed rain seemed not to want to stop. Sometime in the late afternoon, I looked at my bike and riding seemed like a good idea.
This morning I put the trainer tire on the bike, put the bike on the trainer and hopped on. I donned the kit and the new Scott shoes I mentioned in an earlier post, grabbed the iPod and a towel and started the 2014 season. After 45 minutes (20 minute warm up and 20 minutes of tempo intervals) the first ride was in the books. Physically I felt pretty good. The legs were a bit tired and the Shoes felt ok – though a little cleat adjustment is in order.
With apologies to Mssrs Autry and Whitely, is good to be “Back in the Saddle Again”