Did another one of our biweekly training rides this Sunday. It turned out to be a really nice ride. The weather was nice, the route was good and the team was in a groove. The ride was out of Dave's house and through some of the local hills. Check out the map.
The ride started out a bit sketchy. As we headed out to roll out, I went to top off my tires and as I topped off the back tire, I heard it start leaking. I think something happened with the valve stem, but I still haven't had a chance to check the tube. Regardless, I had to do a quick tire change outside of Dave's house. That meant I ended up rolling out a little late. Not the end of the world though, since I was able to catch up with the team by the next traffic light. Also about 5 miles into the ride, the stupid spealized blinker I have attached to the back of my bike shook loose and spewed its innards all over Beaver Dam Road. Fortunately I saw it happened and was able to roll back get them and catch up with the crew.
The ride was scheduled to be a 35 mile ride but we decided to throw in another 4 ish miles. It was a good stretch of road, roughly mimicking the 8 mile run up to Spooner mountain, even if it was only 2 miles long. Felt good on the stretch though. Everyone knocked it out really well.
Other than that there were some winds out on the road. Not too oppressive though, and I was able to catch a tail wind on a bit of the ride and really stomp on the pedals for a while. I ended up finishing the ride with a 14.5 MPH pace total over 40 miles. Not too bad. I should be able to push that up as the season moves along. I can feel it getting warmer though!!
Did a recovery spin for about 30 mins last night at 70% of maximum heart rate. Just couldn't get in the groove to spin. Oh well. I'll ride again in the next couple days. Maybe I'll sneak a ride in Friday...hhmmm...