We unloaded the bikes and headed out on the trail. Swanson was a blast because of all the roots, hills and dips. This was the first trip with the Mukluk and she did amazing. I did my first skinny bridge without the railing (you better decide which side you'll fall off of before you cross), made it up hills I hadn't been able to before, and hit some serious speeds on the downhills. The hills aren't steep, but there are a lot of them.
Since we finished up Swanson and the kids hadn't been to Tranquility we headed over there. I've been there once on a Monday Night Ride so I was familiar with where I'd been. Somehow I managed to find myself going on trails I hadn't been on before with longer, steeper hills and lots of twists of turns. It wasn't until I hit the pine trees that I knew where I was.
Again, Mukluk rocked the trails. I hit the berms (curve with high sides) going down the hills with ease and was able to do turns without braking the entire time. The only thing I wouldn't do is a steep mound of dirt with a tight turn back up the mound. I don't have the physical strength or turning ability on the Mukluk to do it. I wasn't about to try the top of the hill stuff either.
My cardio still sucks as I'd have to stop and catch my breath for about 5 minutes at a time. If it wasn't for the stops, I'd have some serious time put in.
The only thing that has totally baffled me is how I had the strength and flexibility to do all of this. I went out Wednesday and practically cried the entire way back to the car. Friday I got my Fargo fixed and headed up to the LQS. I was in agony going up the 1/2 mile hill to the store. Friday night it hit me that my fibromyalgia had flared up and took an Aleve and a muscle relaxer. Muscle relaxer had to be why. I'm always stiff on bike rides and never thought that it could be the fibromyalgia causing the setbacks. I think you get used to the muscles being sore that you forget how bad it really is.
Had a great time with the boys even though they left me but my confidence has improved immensely and so have my skills. Get out and ride a bike!