Somebody alert the media! Call Guinness Book of World Records! I just broke the East Texas Trikke T78cs land speed record! And I’m a little prone to drastic exaggeration! And it wasn’t so much a speed record as a new personal best… Yeah, it’s anticlimactic for you, but it’s still a big deal for me – so why not share my happiness with Trikke-O-Babble-ophiles the world over?
Heaven only knows what magical stars aligned yesterday, or if it was a combination of a great breakfast, plenty of sleep the night before, and a good day for my injured-cum-recovering spinal nerves, but something definitely lined up just right, because I smashed my old record (for the same route/distance) by two minutes and .7 miles per hour! Yup, I carved 3.93 miles of rolling terrain in 27:33 minutes at an average speed of 8.6 MPH.
That’s probably not a terrific time for most Trikke riders (especially the menfolk), but it is an outstanding time for me for two reasons. 1) It’s winter, and like we talked about in Ol’ Jack Frost vs. The Carve, cold weather makes it kinda tough for me to move around. 2) I’m still working hard to rehabilitate my body (specifically, my lower back and damaged spinal nerves) toward the healthiest, fittest condition that’s reasonably feasible. I’ve lost more than 50 pounds – courtesy of regular Trikke riding, eating more healthfully, and reducing my serving sizes – and am in the best shape since college. But my how-much-can-I-move-before-the-pain-gets-too-high level is still pretty low, and that makes exercising enough to give the old bod a good workout a rather tedious thing. So! Anytime there’s a sign that I’m still moving toward improved health and physical conditioning, it’s a cause for celebration. *pops open the bubbly*
Just so you’ll understand what a big improvement this personal best is, my average time at medium exertion for this route during January 2013 was 33:05 minutes. My average time at medium exertion during the summer (when my body functions best) of 2012 was 31:45. My previous personal best at high exertion was 29:40 minutes in August 2012. Just five months later, my time is now 27:33 – a full two minutes faster! Color me thrilled! And stronger! And healthier!