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Scott Johnsen rode: A beautiful day with ...
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- 21 miles
- 01:15 time
- 16.9 pace
- 1093 calories
A beautiful day with temps in the low 80's, sunny and a light breeze. The only down side was that I was short on time before heading into Cambridge for a meeting. Because I felt a bit rushed, I started the ride too hard. My legs wanted nothing to do with it. It didn't help that this route started with most of the first 3 miles being slightly uphill.
Not only did I feel tired today, I felt like I was out of sorts on form. I felt like I was pedaling in squares instead of circles. :-) After a few miles, I backed off a bit and tried to take it easy. Once I managed to do that, I found the ride much more enjoyable.
This route had about 1,000 feet of climbing with one Cat 5 hill. I happened to be climbing that hill behind a trash truck picking up trash. I thought about trying to pass him, but I didn't think I could do so safely. I ended up slowing down so that I didn't catch him and come to a complete stop. I wasn't sure I'd be able to start up again on that hill if I had to unclip. That worked pretty well.
At the top of the hill, he turned right and I turned left. I only had to ride a bit more to get to 10 miles, so I kept going a bit. Downtown Hopkinton had a lot of repaving work going on, so traffic was a mess. I slowly worked my way through this heavy traffic until I made it back to the top of the Cat 5 hill.
I normally try to ride hard near the top of the hill to maximize my speed. Today I decided to see how fast I could go if I just coasted down the hill. I did my best to tuck but I'm afraid there's a bit too much of me to do a great job tucking! :-) Still, I did manage to hit 40.2mph by just coasting. Not bad.
I still took it easy coming back in the rest of the way. I had one other really nice downhill ... this is the one with the traffic light at the bottom that I have never caught green! Coming down the hill, I saw that the light changed green. I thought I was going to finally catch a green. Well, it wasn't meant to happen today either. I guess the cycling Gods were telling me it was a good opportunity to drink some water. :-)
I took the rest of the ride steady. Some nice rollers on the next section going past Hopkinton State Park. Just as I cruised back to my neighborhood, it started raining. Nothing bad, just a light summer shower. I quickly got ready to head to the shower. Before I got there, the sky opened up and it was pouring!! No lightening or hail, but I was still glad I got home when I did. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. This was one of those times. :-)
On a side note, I made it into Cambridge with time to spare. I haven't been in Harvard Square for quite awhile so it was a nice change.