That's me with the flabby arms!
- That I missed riding the bike. After months of running instead of pedaling, (WARNING: Mushy words ahead!) yesterday felt like I was being reunited with an old friend.
- Don't ever leave your wallet at home for a bike ride. I packed everything in the Camelbak, including a foldable jacket in case it rains, but I forgot my wallet where my money and identification cards are. I was glad that Rommel Capati, my old biking friend from Batangas, was there to lend me some cash to register to the event.
- The foldable jacket was great because it kept me warm and relatively dry when it rained (I was wearing a sleeveless Livestrong shirt). I kinda wished I had waterproof shorts, though, because my butt was wet and the chamois padding was squishy.
- Always inspect your bike before a ride. We were already in UP when I noticed that the "wings" of my 6 year-old Crank Brothers Eggbeaters were broken. That would've been disastrous if it was in La Mesa. Because of this I had to take a trip to Extreme Bike Shop in the afternoon to buy a new pair.