70F in March in Minnesota? You've got to be kidding me. Surely there is another big snowstorm yet to come. Regardless, I rode this morning for the first time in a while. I've become wary of slipping on ice so the unicycle has stayed in the garage. Today we set out for a short training run.
I think the thing I lost after my 2 month layoff was acclimation to the seat. I was pleased that my balance was fine, and my fitness was still reasonable due to other things I'm doing, but my crotch hurt. I had trouble finding a comfortable position for the first 6 or 8 blocks. After that I forgot about it for the rest of the ride.
My favorite part of the ride wasn't anything physical, but rather my drive by the local bicycle hangout. There are two bikeshop/coffee bar/breakfast joints across the street from each other at 4th and Churchill and I like to ride down 4th and up Churchill on my way back home. Middle age guys in red Lycra, snappy bikes and thickening beltlines were hanging around the outside tables with their lattes when I rode past. The last thing I heard as I approached the corner was a voice saying, "yeah, its all carbon" in reference to some type of rim on his machine, and then as I rode past, nothing but silence. Once clear the conversations picked up again, not likely about the joys of unicycling.
Its great to be out again. The trails will be dry soon.