Monday, March 26, 2007

A good number of miles early in the year

Well we've had a combo of good weather and alot of people riding this last week. This week I think is my first over 100 mile week this year. I was able to get in two approximately 20 mile rides after work -- one on the CCT on Tuesday night, and 5 laps down at Hains Point Thursday night. Then this weekend I was able to get in a 45 mile ride with team on Saturday and a 40 mile ride with Noel and some other Team riders on Sunday.

The Saturday ride was a ton of fun. The weather was a bit gross - it rained the night before and was still a bit cold, but we got on the road at 8:30. I was planning on biking over and back to the Davidsonville park and ride, but as per usual, I was not able to drag my butt out of bed and get moving early so at 8 am, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to make it over there on my bike in a 1/2 hour.

Anyway the ride was a blast. I got out with a group who was stomping on it quite a bit. The first part of the ride was relatively flat and we were able to mash on it for a bit and it felt great. We combined a bit of pacelining and teammate Ali's incredible hill climbing to keep the group rolling along at a really good pace. Considering that the ride had some decent hills in it (1600 feet in elevation gain) I was able to keep up a 16.7 mph pace over 45 miles. Not too bad at all for me. Only downside was that the roads were a little sketchy. Lots of little critters who never learned how to cross the road. No chickens though.

Sunday was alot of fun as well. We did the same ride again, because Noel had to skip the Saturday training ride becucase she was running the National 1/2 Marathon. The ride was good again and the weather was phenomenal. The sun was beautiful and the weather hovered around 60 degrees or so, and the wind was relatively calm. Almost perfect riding weather. I even got some sun.

We met some new folks and I was able to include a piece of pie from the West River Deli in Galesville into my bike rides twice. Its no wonder I can't shed those 20 pounds I want to drop --- but boy was the apple on Sat. and the chocolate mousse on Sun yummy. And even better neither turned into a belly bomb!!

Anyway, I was really psyched about being out riding some much. Doesn't look like I will be out as much this week, but I still plan to be rolling twice after work this week. Now only if I can get to the Home Depot to get a garden hose so I can give the bike the cleaning it deserves. Winter weather has coated the bike with a nice coating of grit which is serving as a nice analog for sandpaper -- need to get that off the bike ASAP.

Saturday's ride below:

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