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1. 12,500 miles 2. 3 Century Rides (2 completed so far) 3. Begin Brevet Rides with 200K & 300K Rides 4. Daily Core Workout 5. 3, 5 min. Planks 6. Have Fun!
Scott Johnsen rode: What a beautiful earl...
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- 32 miles
- 01:54 time
- 17.0 pace
- 1669 calories
What a beautiful early evening ride! It was still 80 degrees with a light breeze when I left with some clouds moving in. There was still plenty of sunshine though. I've been fighting allergies with a nasty headache since yesterday, and my back was still unhappy about the workout I gave it yesterday doing yard work.
I decided that I wouldn't worry about pace and just enjoy the fantastic day. It felt so good to be out there riding. Although the rough pavement was kind of hard on the headache. After about 3 miles I hit the first significant hill. I decided to press it a little bit going up the hill. No dice! I guess I'm still in need of more recovery The great news is that the more I rode, the better my head felt.
This was one of those rides that I felt fine as long as I rode easy. And at that pace, I would have enjoyed riding a lot further. Unfortunately, I didn't have that much time before sunset so this was about the maximum time I could safely ride before dark. I tried to push harder up some other hills but still nothing doing. It just wasn't there today.
The only challenge out there was getting hit in the face with bugs. One got me right in the eyeball! It came while I was riding downhill on a rough patch of pavement. I was essentially blinded for a little bit. I came to a stop as fast as possible hoping to avoid a pothole. Fortunately I was able to get safely stopped to attend to my eye. Forcing a few tears and squirting some water on my face finally gave me enough relief to continue riding the last 4 miles to home.
Even with my tired legs and my recovery ride, I was hoping to average 16mph. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I just about made it to 17mph. Good news there. I was also surprised to see that somewhere along the way, I managed to hit a top speed of 35.2mph. I'm not sure where that happened. Fortunately, I didn't get "bug eye" at that point. :-)