Weekend without racing was a weekend well spent

Yet another weekend behind, a weekend without racing this time. It was a weekend introducing riding in shorties and the first long ride for the year. A long ride means more than 5 hours in the saddle, at least that's what I read, so first one of those this year. Some great weather and first real tan-lines for the seasons are reality.

No arm warmers, no gilet

No arm warmers, no gilet

No knee or leg warmers either

No knee or leg warmers either

Only belgian booties and hairy pale legs.... yuck..

Only belgian booties and hairy pale legs.... yuck..

It was almost as warm as it looks like on the picture on Friday, +17 and sunshine but really heavy winds, again

It was almost as warm as it looks like on the picture on Friday, +17 and sunshine but really heavy winds, again

On Friday night we had time to finally sit down and enjoy our new view.

Talosa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2011. Bought last year from the Talosa cellar in Montepulciano. A great wine can be enjoyed as such. Can also recommend the Filai Lunghi by Talosa. If you are visiting Montepulciano, please pay Talosa a visit, really a great experience is promised.

Talosa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2011. Bought last year from the Talosa cellar in Montepulciano. A great wine can be enjoyed as such. Can also recommend the Filai Lunghi by Talosa. If you are visiting Montepulciano, please pay Talosa a visit, really a great experience is promised.

Sea map
old fishing net

On Saturday I took a rest-day and we went to watch the Quidam by Cirque du Soleil. Was really amazing to watch what a human body is capable of. In cycling you always talk about being in control of your body and being balanced on the bike. I would be glad to have a percent of the control, strength and balance those artists have.

On Sunday I made the first 5h+ ride for the season. We will be riding the 217 km Pirkan Pyöräily in just a couple of weeks so I need to get my body prepared for longer rides before that. The weather was yet again really windy, but the sun was out and I really enjoyed almost every minute of that ride. Especially being out in the countryside I spent at one point half an hour without seeing a car or any other human beings. Just cows, horses, birds, sheep and butterflies. 

Enjoying the view in Merimasku

Enjoying the view in Merimasku

The must have bike pic

The must have bike pic

Had to ride the bike through a muddy road section. Hence a dirty bike.

Had to ride the bike through a muddy road section. Hence a dirty bike.

Silent roads

Silent roads

Finnish countryside, Tarvasjoki

Finnish countryside, Tarvasjoki

And a good ride I had!

And a good ride I had!

Blue skies

Blue skies

Speeding through the forests

Speeding through the forests

I will leave you with this view and wish you all a great week, enjoy what's left of May!

 VIRB Picture

Pedalare!