After verifying the bicycle can roll with its new toys, it sat for a over week while I returned to the stationary bike, played around with the gym at work, and also watched Seattle weather be cool, cloudy and generally less than ideal for riding. The progress did continue on the exercise bike, and I nudged it up another level.
I almost rode outside yesterday evening, but I delayed a bit and when I realized a storm was about to pas through, I punted.
I didn't punt today, or fallback to the exercise bike.
I recruited Katherine, and returned to the scene of my previous retail crimes. She got riding shoes, and I got a new trunk (i.e. bag for my rear rack). Then we pedaled down the Burke-Gilman Trail few blocks, doubled back, picked up the mail and headed home. Total ride, ~ 5+ miles.
Stick a fork in me, I'm done. Suffice to say, I didn't exploit the tools at my disposal to maximize efficiency. And since there remains alot of me to haul around, I need to be efficient.
I need to learn to transfer the power and cadence balance I've acquired on the exercise bike to the road, using my gears better to keep an even a pace.
Practice, practice, practice.