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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: A fantastic day for a...
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- 63 miles
- 03:38 time
- 17.4 pace
- 3205 calories
A fantastic day for a ride! Sunny and 85 degrees with a 7mph breeze. The humidity dropped significantly to 48%. It felt so dry compared to the last several days!!
I left the house with the idea that I would do a 50 mile ride. I started slower than I have been, and tried to just keep it easy. I did not intend to make this a hard ride. I was just aiming to get 50 miles in the bank. The bike seemed to be gliding a lot easier today. It didn't seem to take much effort to get the bike moving smoothly. Somewhere around the 14 or 15 mile mark, I noticed that I had begun to ride harder. I felt good so I decided to just go with it.
I reached my 25 mile mark and I decided to continue on a bit. I hadn't ridden this route for awhile, but I remembered a longish hill not too much further ahead. I wanted to see if I could enjoy that hill before turning around. Fortunately, I hit the hill within a couple of miles. What a blast!! The hill wasn't as steep as some I ride but it was pretty long. I didn't try to ride it hard. Instead, I just enjoyed the coasting. I still managed to hit 34.7mph just coasting sitting high in the saddle. Fun stuff.
It's a long uphill ride, but I really enjoyed it. I got in a comfortable gear and just kept pedaling! It never really seemed hard. Pretty cool. I didn't bring enough water with me so around the 45 mile mark I stopped for a short rest and hoping to find something to drink. I stopped at the Maynard Tigers newly paved track/football field where I knew there was a gatoraide machine. SOLD OUT! Ugh!! I still had some water and 11 miles to go. I drank most of my water and hit the road.
Traffic was extremely heavy coming towards me, but not too bad going in my direction. I made decent time with a couple of traffic light challenges and one road work challenge. It only cost me some time so no real issue. The rest of the ride was uneventful.
I got back to the house and still felt pretty good. I had 56 miles in the bank. I decided I might as well make it a metric century. So I continued riding into Southborough, the next town over. I went a little further than necessary but then I made my turn around. I stopped before heading back the last 3 miles to enjoy my last couple of swallows of water. I took the top off so I could drink what was left and ended up spilling most of it! Another ugh!! I did get a swallow. I was only 3 miles from home but I almost rode another 1/2 mile to where I knew there was a pizza place. I'm sure they would have sold some kind of cold drinks. But I decided to head home instead.
No issues getting back home. I noted my stats from today's ride and then went in for a cold Poweraide!! It was delicious!! :-) After chugging a bit more, I put on some dry clothes and went back out to cut the grass. I took a shower as soon as I was done. I was afraid I would fall asleep if I tried to do anything else before taking my shower. I was really pooped!!
This ride had 2,770 feet of climbing but nothing bigger than a 6.7% grade. Very manageable. Although I feel really good right now, I may be in line for a recovery ride tomorrow. :-)