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51907 total / 9136 in 2014
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1. Have fun 2. Ride every day 3. Core workout every day 4. 200k Brevet 5. 12,000 miles 6. Florida Senior Games (5k/10k TT & 20k/40k Road Race)

Scott Johnsen rode: What a fantastic day ...

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  • 42 miles
  • 02:16 time
  • 18.6 pace
  • 1994 calories
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    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
great Home - Bolton Library Out & Back 42.15 mi 02:16 18.6mph pace

What a fantastic day for a ride!! 82 degrees and sunny with a 10mph breeze. The weather was wonderful, but I was starting my ride at the beginning of rush hour so I knew traffic was probably going to be a bit heavy. No worries though since I was just looking to enjoy a ride on this great day.

Although the traffic was heavy as anticipated, it did not slow me down at all. I was able to navigate through the trickier intersections about the same as I usually manage. My legs felt remarkable fresh after 2 days on the trainer. My bum felt a lot better too!! It's still has a ways to go, but this was the first somewhat comfortable ride I've had in a week and a half!

The wind wasn't strong at only 10mph, but I was riding against it most of the way out. It didn't seem to be effecting me too much though. In fact, I stopped at the half way point to take on some water and was surprised to see that my average pace was 17.6mph. Hmmm. Riding comfortably, riding against a bit of a head wind and still feeling very fresh.

As I left the library parking lot to head back I decided I would see how fast I could ride this section. Sounded like fun! As I've mentioned in several previous posts, the first 10 miles of my return ride are a series of rolling hills that I simply love to ride!! Traffic can be a bit heavy, but the road is generally in good shape, only a few traffic lights and only a few places where one could get caught up in traffic. I had a nice ride through this section making good time. As I approached each of the 3 traffic lights, I saw my favorite color. Green!!

The next 3 miles has rolling hills that are a little tougher, but as I get into a little better shape, I seem to be riding this section a lot stronger too. Today was no exception. Then I hit a tricky section with a lot of turning traffic, a difficult traffic light with an steep, uphill approach and next to nothing for a shoulder. Somehow I managed to slip through this section pretty easily today. I was pleasantly surprised.

Although I did not check my pace, I felt like I was making pretty good time heading back. So now I just wanted if I would have enough to make it back the last 8 miles. There are a few, small rough sections on this stretch that have been repaved. What a difference. It was such a pleasure to ride this section now. One of those repaved sections is a very, very gradual downhill. I pushed it hard and managed to hit 30mph on this section. As it changed to a gradual uphill, I was still able to manage a good pace into the 20's all the way to another tricky section with 2 traffic lights and several businesses. I got hung up at the first one a bit, but managed to sneak in behind one of the cars and make it through the next section and make my left turn without a hold up. Nice!!

The next 2 miles have more rolling hills, but mostly uphill. None of them are difficult though. A series of 2 or 3 uphills are followed by a short down hill, then another 2 or 3 uphills. I tried to stay focused on this section. Being a bit fatigued at this point, it's really easy to unintentionally let up a bit. I seemed to ride through this pretty well.

With 4 miles to go, I hit the last traffic light green again!! I kept pressing. So far, so good. Traffic was still heavy but it was not getting in the way of the ride at all. I cruised through the next 2 miles fine. I zipped through Framingham Centre without incident and onto the last 2 mile home stretch!! A few small uphills to deal with but nothing significant. I have to make a left turn at the top of the last uphill. Traffic was clear, I made my left turn and the last little loop to the house.

Whew!! This was a really fun ride!! I was really happy to see that my pace on the second half of the ride was 19.7mph!! I guess the first 21 miles served as a nice warm up! :-) A ride like this makes all the crummy rides worthwhile!! I will savor this one for quite awhile!!

  • Greg H.
    Greg H.

    Wow Great Pace!

    about 2 years ago Like2 people

  • Dale T.
    Dale T. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Great miles with a smoking pace Scott... Way to get it DONE!

    about 2 years ago

  • Andre C.
    Andre C.

    Well done Scott, love reading about your rides!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Rajiv D.
    Rajiv D.

    Way to ride!!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Craig
    Craig

    Great ride Scott!!!! Nicely done!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Abbie T.
    Abbie T.

    Nice ride Scott!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Greg, Dale, Andre, Rajiv, Craig and Abbie!!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Akash J.
    Akash J. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Great miles and Amazing pace Scott!!

    about 2 years ago

  • Uday S.
    Uday S. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Very good ride at very good pace ...

    about 2 years ago

  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M.

    Hell of a pce Scott

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jeremie L.
    Jeremie L.

    Just whaou!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Trish
    Trish

    that sounds like a fantastic ride!! great write up on it too!!!:)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Joe J.

    That is a very impressive pace on your own with a headwind on the way out. Those miles are adding a speed to your legs :-)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michelle H.
    Michelle H.

    Fabulous ride Scott xx

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • 26x25
    26x25

    What a great ride Scott. Your pace was excellent. Green helps but you are doing something right to be able to put a ride like that in!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kenny B.
    Kenny B.

    Solid pace for 42 miles wow! Your a machine on wheels!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Tammy H.
    Tammy H.

    Nice ride Scott! And the pace!!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Lena V.

    Sweet pace and awesome ride Scott!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Matthew T.
    Matthew T.

    Glad to see someone's having fantastic rides!! There's a little 'lack of motivation' worm going around.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.

    Great pace Scott. You were up in my neck of the woods. I would have liked to see your route. No map this time?

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • John C.
    John C.

    Fantastic ride Scott. The enjoyable ones make all the difference.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Akash, Uday, Kevin, Jeremie, Trish, Joe, Michelle, 26, Kenny, Tammy, Lena, Matthew, Scott, Tony and Ethan!! @Matthew, I had that disease myself back in May (I think it was). You'll get through it too!! @Scott, I thought I was. I do have a map. I'll post it if I can. I'm a bit short on time today. It was Rt. 117 through Stow and Bolton though.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Scott J.

    Don't sweat it. Yeah, you passed right by my street, though not my house. (You can pretty much tell where I live from my maps.) My street is quite popular as is Stow in general. Pelotons come by all day every weekend. There are some fun hills around here, particularly in Bolton and Harvard.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Henrietta C.
    Henrietta C.

    Love whizzing through those green lights and you're fortunate to have those rolling fun hills!! Nice mega miles at a busy time of day!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    @Scott, that's very cool. Maybe I'll bump into you one day. Bolton, Harvard, Lancaster ... all have some wonderful hills!! Thanks Henry!!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Azaka R.
    Azaka R. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    wow this was awesome!! Well done, Scott!!!

    about 2 years ago

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Pantha!!

    about 2 years ago Like