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51829 total / 9058 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)

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  • 63 miles
  • 03:38 time
  • 17.4 pace
  • 3205 calories
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    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
good Home - Leominster Out & Back w/ Southborough Add Six 63.22 mi 03:38 17.4mph pace

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. :-)

  • Greg H.
    Greg H.

    Great ride and fantastic pace!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jim M.
    Jim M. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Scott you surely are an inspiration. Enjoy Tuesday whether it includes another ride or is a day of recovery :-)

    almost 2 years ago

  • Dale T.
    Dale T. Hi-five
    Hi-five:

    Wow! What an awesome ride Scott... Nice work! I thinks recovery day is on order for tomorrow :-)

    almost 2 years ago

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Greg and Jim!! @Jim, Tuesday will include a ride. But it will likely be an easy one. :-)

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Clinton S.
    Clinton S.

    Damn nice mileage!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott B.
    Scott B.

    Sweet riding today. You are crazy .

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Abbie T.
    Abbie T.

    Awesome!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Craig M.
    Craig M.

    Huge miles Scott with a fast pace - excellent. Don't you just hate it when those drinks machines either swallow your money or are sold out!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks Clinton, Scott, Abbie, Lulumellon and Craig!!! @Craig, at least I didn't lose money too!! :-)

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Richard C.
    Richard C.

    Now that is a training ride my friend! I think you see what I mean about doing a slow warm-up on the long rides. After a while, you body just picks up the pace to a sort of set-point and you just seem to be able to go and go and go. Very nice.

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Francesca
    Francesca

    huge ride Scott, wonderful!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks Richard and Francesca!! @Richard, you sure got that right!! It really does work too!! :-)

    almost 2 years ago Like

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

    Awesome long ride Scott!!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Henrietta C.
    Henrietta C.

    Wow a metric century!!! Very nice work, glad you had a great ride & with the climb+ mowing the lawn, what a day!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Penrhyn David Y
    Penrhyn David Y

    I need a recovery just reading it Scott!!! Amazing adventure - just brilliant!!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jeremie L.
    Jeremie L.

    Nice ride, Scott!!! 48% humidity is nice... Here 85%! and it is raining today...

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michelle H.
    Michelle H.

    What a ride. I don't know how you do it xx

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Garry B.
    Garry B.

    What a great ride Scott !!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Joe J.

    Excellent and looking at the graph above a rather lovely route.

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Tammy H.
    Tammy H.

    What a great ride....nice climbs too! Great job Scott!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Chopps
    Chopps

    Paws up!!!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Lena V.

    Great ride Scott with some nice mileage!!

    almost 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Akash, Henry, David, Jeremie, Michelle, Garry, Joe, Tammy, Chopps and Lena!! @Jeremie, the day before had 81% humidity so this was a nice change.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Ilias P.
    Ilias P.

    This is a very Loong ride but so rewarding to you and to us since you share your experiences, thoughts and feelings. If you put all your descriptions in line, we sure get an interesting book

    almost 2 years ago Like2 people

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Thanks very much Ilias!! Very kind of you to say! I certainly enjoy the riding and the writing. I'm glad you enjoy reading some of them!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Azaka R.
    Azaka R. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Amazing long ride, Scott! Impressive work!!

    almost 2 years ago