The timing for this AZ trip seriously couldn't have been better. In the midst of the April blizzard that descended upon Alberta yesterday, I stepped onto a plane bound for Phoenix. I found myself not even really caring about the snow during the day yesterday, as I knew I would be escaping it as of 4pm (well 5pm as the flight was delayed for an hour due to said snow). It was a lucky day for me as the Westjet lady kindly charged me only the extra bag fee ($21) for my bike box, instead of the usual oversized bike box fee, so I saved some $$. As far as I know, the usual bike fee is now up to about $75 on WJ, and $100-$200 on all other airlines. Sweet!
Everyone was up bright and early this morning for various sporting activities, which included golf and cycling. Deb and I were out the door at 8:30am, and met up with her usual cycling buddies, a group of about 5-6 men in their 50's/60's who are all in great shape. We ended up riding 80km at a leisurely pace, and it felt absolutely amazing to be outside on my bike in the sunshine! It was my first ride outdoors since September. I brought my bike to Element earlier this week for some lovin', and Cam did a fantastic job with the tune-up, which included new tires, new chain, and a good cleaning (and he then took it apart and packed it up all nice in the bike box I rented from them as well). My bike was riding like a dream today! Here it is all ready for my race tomorrow (sans race wheels, as I couldn't bring 2 sets with me!):