Sunday, February 22, 2009

More nice weather, please.

Finally got out yesterday. Between not being here for the first two weeks of February, getting over some nasty illness I caught during my second week down there, and crappy weather back up here in Pittsburgh, I just hadn't had a chance to make it outside.

Actually, that's not entirely true. I went out for about twenty minutes during my lunch break on Friday. That was just so I could give the new Commen├žal Combi S a little test ride. Don't worry. I managed to wreck AND hit my head. Nothing bad, though. No concussions. I dented the helmet a little, but I think it's okay. The bike is great, though.

I'd been wanting to get a mountain bike for awhile, and they had the Combi S up on Chainlove for $770. Way cheaper than the Specialized and Kona bikes I was looking at, and not much less bike, either. I couldn't pass it up. It showed up during my first week in FL, and I took it over to Pro Bikes when I got back so they could put it together for me.

But yeah, anyway, I finally got out on the Portland for awhile yesterday. About 26 miles actually, and by the time I got home, the left knee was giving me as much trouble as usual. I hope that some of that has to do with missing out on PT for two weeks while I was down in FL. I went twice over the past week, but apparently that didn't make too much of a difference. I have a followup with the sports med doc this week. I'll be interested to hear what he thinks. He'll probably tell me to just keep going to therapy and keep riding when I can. I hope the weather allows for it.

Apart from the knee, it was a great ride. It was so nice just to be outside on the bike again. The weather being all nice and sunny really helped. I'm so ready for spring.