08/02/06

Location =  Cibola National Forest  
Distance =  13.14
Time =  1:57.02
Ave. Speed =  6.7
Max. Speed =  23.5
Monthly Dist. =    13.14
Yearly Dist. =  1885.06

This was a terrible ride. It got off to a miserable start, and never did improve. I felt wheezy, and congested, as if my lungs were full of fluid. I rode weakly, and suffered the whole time. What can I expect, since it's been 10 days since my last ride. This is a huge setback, and I'll have to work very hard to try and make up for lost ground. I've tried to go for rides, several times, but rain or lightning, has kept me indoors. I've got to stop being such a wimp.

My troubles started tonight, before I even left the house. When I put my camelback on, I felt water gush out all over me. The drinking tube from the bladder had come loose, and soaked me. Tonight, there was no stopping, so I reattached the tube with a plastic tie-wrap, and headed out the door. The evening was cloudy, but not dark cloudy, and there was no thunder, so I headed out to my local trails. I had to work a little bit late, so I got a late start, and strapped on my headlight, just in case. As it turned out, I made it out of the woods, before total darkness, because I didn't have the strength to go on.

I saw a creature on the trail, that I have never seen before. It was some kind of a horned lizard. I almost ran him over, but he moved in the nick of time. He was about 4 or 5 inches long, and a couple of inches wide, and he was covered with little triangular points, that made him look like a miniature dinosaur. He was slow moving, and obviously couldn't outrun anything. I've got to start bringing along my camera, because he would have been an interesting picture.

About halfway through the ride, it started to rain lightly. It wasn't hard enough to get me wet, but it was enough to make the rocks, as slick as ice. I spun out at one point, and had to dismount and push the bike, and I nearly fell down while I was walking. I picked my lines very carefully, after that.

It was a nice evening, with temps in the 80s, and 70s, and even though it rained a little bit, I never felt cold.



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