Embrocation trial two
It’s been a while since I’ve ridden just to ride, so Sam and I decided to head to Oak Mountain a few weekends ago to enjoy our bikes and have another go with embrocation. This time we were equipped with Northwest Knee Warmers‘ medium strength embrocation.
But first, we had breakfast. Gotta have them grits ya’ll! Stick to your ribs and all that!
Once we were fueled we headed out to the park and sheen’d ourselves on up. I liked the way the Northwest embrocation smelled – less edible than the Mad Alchemy…more medicinal, but in a comforting sort of way. It was a similar color and consistency and pretty easy to put on.
The temperature was about 40 F – I was pretty cold, but once we started riding it really wasn’t bad.
Sam is much more pro that I am, but he was kind enough to ride slow for me.
Roll ‘em up!
You might notice that I am sporting some new clipless shoes. Cross season destroyed my converse and made me realize that there are benefits to having cycling specific shoes. At this point I just have the shoes; I haven’t started using clipless pedals yet. Strange, I know. I’m having to ease myself into it. I’m also having to eat crow since I gave Elisa such hell whenever she went clipless. I deserve it.
Anyway, after we embrocated, we hopped on the bikes and started to ride. I could notice a difference immediately – no leg discomfort/muscle sluggishness at the first incline! It was like I had already been riding and had warmed up, even though I hadn’t. With my first embrocation experience I had expected my legs to be nice and warm and didn’t really think about the state of my muscles. And who can really think that clearly when you’re doing a cross race?! This time I was more conscious of what the actual point was, and it came through for me most excellently. Sam was equally pleased.
Unfortunately my power grip bolt broke off shortly after we started, so Sam had to ride back to get the necessary equipment for fixing (i.e. electrical tape). I think he enjoyed it though because he was able to ride fast and get some energy out!
After the power grip was re-attached we rode the remaining distance (about 17 miles total – nothing crazy), legs felt good, and I thoroughly enjoyed riding past the…interesting…Christmas decorations.
Good ride! Thanks embrocation! I’ll now say that I like you!