High-larious bike ride

Today, Michael and I went for a bike ride on South Platte River Trail. We started at Reynolds Park (off Brewery Lane) and rode to Confluence Park in downtown Denver. In total, 26 miles! Yay me!! I’ve come a long way, baby.

Back in May, only a few weeks after the really strong chemo ended, I went about 4 miles (generously) in 90 minutes. I could’ve walked faster — or not. That was definitely a fitness low point for me. At that time, I was having severe muscle weakness and bone pain, partially from the medicines themselves and partially from a lack of use from the extreme fatigue.

Today, I felt great. I knew this day would come, but man, it has been a lot of work to get here. I’m not done getting fit, but like I said, I’ve come a looooong way.

Part of the South Platte River Trail is under construction so, two different times, we had to follow detours which took us on city streets through the industrial parks of Denver. No fewer than half a dozen times did we have powerful clouds of marijuana smoke wafting past us. We kept looking around to see where it was coming from. And we never saw anyone, just empty parking lots and loading docks. There was also no shortage of storefronts boasting the green cross on our little detour, so it was no surprise to smell it nearby. Maybe Colorado just smells like pot now. 😉 Luckily I didn’t get a contact high. That could be bad on a bike.

This week, I’m going to hit a few more bike shops on my quest for The Best New Bike Ever™.

The weather was perfect today. Here are some pics we took when we got home. The girls had come for a visit. They’re minding their manners and not eating my pumpkins and mums. I can’t speak for the big fat squirrel.

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