Spring gave us a great preview here in Minnesota with a stretch of 50 and 60 degree weather. I took advantage in many ways.
#1 – Our yard was snow-free and we were able to sweep up the dead grass and leftover leaves. The hubby used his lawn sweeper, it’s like a vacuum cleaner for your lawn that you pull behind a lawn mower. I didn’t even know these existed until he came home with one purchased off Craigslist. Anyways, a clean lawn got me planning my spring/summer planting so I put in an order for some perennial flowers. I have A LOT of space for planting at our new house so I will be a busy gardener in the next month. If you enjoy gardening you are welcome to come and help me.
#2 – Horseback riding outdoors. I’ve been riding indoors for months and it was great to feel the sun on my face.
#3 – Biking outside! Even though it’s chilly while riding in the 40’s and 50’s, I was able to bundle up and get out the past two weekends riding. It was fabulous! The first weekend I took in a 19-mile ride with Rochester friend DV, the first outdoor ride of the year is always the best. My feet and toes got a little too cold so I made a mental note to purchase some booties to layer over my bike shoes.
This past weekend I traveled over to Brone’s bike shop in Fountain City, WI for their Saturday spring training ride. Weather was mid-40’s with lots of sun and a little bit of wind. I purchased some booties at the bike shop pre-ride to keep my feet warm. They aren’t the most attractive, but well worth buying as my toes stayed much warmer on our 4-hour trek through Wisconsin.
Brone’s spring training rides consists of some very serious bikers, but a couple of my Winona girlfriends were going so I knew that I’d have some company in the back of the pack.
The ride starts out by traveling to Canada Ridge hill. This hill is part of the Tuesday night summer time trials, it is a 1.25 mile hill that consists of a brutal 8% grade incline. I was definitely the slowest climber, but I still made it up there with a little help at the very end by a pro cyclist who gave me a push. He told me not to feel bad as he pushes his teammates up hills all the time (good to know).
After the hill the main bike pack took off at a pace that I wouldn’t be able to maintain, and so good friend MF and I decided to hang back and go at our own speed and route. It was such a fantastic ride. Great conversation, the scenery was beautiful through the bluffs, farmland and finishing alongside the Mississippi river. It was very Americana. I probably saw well over 30 bald eagles flying through the sky as they are migrating back up the river, they are so cool.
At the end of the ride I was able to celebrate with a scoop of one of my favorite ice creams called This $&@! Just Got Serious at World Cup Coffee, a cafe conveniently located within the bike shop. A salted caramel ice cream with rich sea salt fudge and salted cashews…. It is heavenly!
By the end of the weekend my dreams of an early spring were crushed with a snow storm and a heavy layer of 8 inches of snow. I’m trying to not let it get me down so in true Minnesota fashion I met up with KB at the Team RED Monday Madness run along the Douglas Trail!