Today's Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the first stop on the Houston Graffiti Ride #3 by the East End Bike Ride crew! I've been wanting to go on one of these graffiti rides since I started riding because H-Town has some really talented folks! Plus, my first social ride ever (read about it here) was with this crew so it was a must!
SATURDAY | So I have a new bike coach 😂 Not really, but he's trying to help me get some legit quads so that I can bike faster and longer with the crew. My "trainer" John is part of The Rain Squad and a really good friend from what seems like a million years. John has trained me in the past but with video games. Something completely opposite of biking, haha!
So John somehow convinced me to go to a spin class. Yeah, my very first one! And for the record, there wasn't much convincing to be done. I was pretty curious because I've heard some thangs, yanno. I saw a lot of folks with their padded bike shorts on but John said it wouldn't be necessary. If you don't ride, I highly recommend it for your sensitive nether region Haha! My biggest issue with spin class was getting off the saddle (seat). My quads were just not having it so I tried my best to stay on the same pace as the others. I don't know if I'd ever do a class, again, but it was a great experience! The rest of Saturday was pretty uneventful. E was gone with another bike crew of his working on some trails. My legs weren't sore but I did lay down most of the day after class. I think a lot of it had to do with waking up early to be there.. not just the class. It also gave me a chance to catch up on my shows 😀 Check out my spiffy exercise shorts below. It's probably one of like five articles of clothing that I own with pink on it, haha!
SUNDAY | Houston Graffiti Bike Ride was mucho fun! We didn't do the five stops because we got hungry, but the two stops we did were pretty impressive. What I really like about this bike ride is that it starts and finishes in the same spot. Some of the other social bike rides don't do that and if you're not with a good group, it can be a pain to get back to your car at night.
I woke up with sore quads. Nothing else. I didn't realize how sore until we jumped on our bikes at 10:30am. Yup, this Sunday social bike ride started at 10:30 and rolled out at 11:30. After we broke off from the group, five of us rode down to Tacos A Go Go. If you've never been, I highly recommend it. I found out yesterday that they opened up a Fajitas A Go Go, too. I haven't been there but I see it in my future! Check out the food pics below and you'll totally want to give this place a shot. There are two locations in Houston, one in the Heights and the other in Midtown. Both places are legit and tasty. This is also where I tasted my first horchata in a can. Yeah, weird right but it was super tasty!
After the ride, we hit up Bedrock City on Washington for some comic goodies. I've driven by here (& even biked) so many times and have never stopped by. I'll never know why because this store was ah-mazing! The toys, the service, the comics, the apparel.. I literally wanted to throw my money at them and take it all. The rainy and crappy day didn't allow me to buy anything but I will be back!
Speaking of rain... John broke off to go home before the comic store so there were only four of us. Two of them broke off and E and I could have gotten a ride with them but we were so close to our truck that we decided to make a run for it. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the massive black cloud over downtown because it looked like it was a movie like 'The Day After Tomorrow' or some shit. It was creepy as hell, but it looked like it was moving south really fast so we thought we'd be okay. A few minutes after we left our opportunty to be taken back to our cars safely.. it began to rain. It wasn't a little drizzle.. it was full on freaking rain! Rain and wind going against your body while riding is definitely not something I'd recommend to anyone. We ended up stopping under the bridge at the UHD Police station because we just couldn't handle it anymore. We weren't the only ones, though. A few minutes after we stopped, two guys stopped too. The wind under there was crazy and after being soaked, we were freezing. I believe this is what led to my body feeling super sore on Monday. The rain was so bad that for the first time since I've been riding, we had to call John to come pick us up. THANKS JOHN!!! He totally saved us and I totally soaked his car. SORRY JOHN!!! My hands were super wrinkly from all of the rain and my shoes were so squishy, haha! Thankfully, we were able to get home with no major issues with the rain. Yup, Houston was flooded again in random areas.
Lastly, I want to send a HUGE shout out to Chrome Industries for this fantastical messenger bag that I freaking adore. Not only is it way more comfy than the small Puma bag I have, but it holds so much more! I didn't realize until I got home that I had a rain jacket in it. #majorfail And it carried all of my goods and none of them were wet after the massive storm we were in! So glad I committed and bought it. I'm one of those people who has to do major research on something before I buy it brand new... I don't like buyer's remorse (does anyone really, though? LOL). So that was my weekend... check out the pics with the graffiti and the food and all my selfies with the guys! Click the pics to make them larger.
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