In February, when we were buried under 3 feet of snow, I just about lost it.
So I announced to my husband that we were going on a bike trip. As soon as possible. To Mississippi where it was sure to be warm and snow-free. Schedules were consulted and “as soon as possible” turned out to be May. I was kind of hoping for April, but as long as we had the trip booked, I could live with waiting until May. That gave me a chance to ride outside a few times before hitting the Trace since the snow finally melted and it wasn’t freeze-your-feet off cold anymore.
We have been on a couple bike trips before, and felt that the Natchez Trace trip with VBT would fit the bill. Not too far to travel, a decent amount of miles/day (mostly flat), and CHEESY GRITS and BISCUITS!!! Yum. Not that it was all about the food, but… ok, it was somewhat about the food. Comfort food. Thank you, I’d LOVE a glass of sweet tea. Mint Julep? Sure! Gator bites? If I must. Taste like chicken and not worth the stomach real estate, though.
It was a really fun trip with a great group of people. The Natchez Trace makes for some nice biking. Mostly flat with gradual rolling here and there. Very few cars. The trees form a canopy for a lot of the way so if it’s sunny there’s shade. We got our hill work in when we went off the Trace and visited The Vicksburg National Military Park.
Now I have a good biking base. My swimming has suffered a little, but that should come back pretty quick. I’ve been swimming at a couple local ponds since the beginning of May – full wetsuit, booties, 2 caps (but I should be able to lose the booties and 1 cap soon) – and even running. It’s starting to feel like summer: the best time of the year! In my purple
haze of optimism (mania?), I signed up for a sprint triathlon. It’s just way too easy to pull out a credit card and sign up. I just hope I don’t regret it. Happy playing and racing, everybody!