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Scott Johnsen rode: What a fantastic day ...
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- 42 miles
- 02:16 time
- 18.6 pace
- 1994 calories
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!!