I've been on vacation for a week and have therefore been off the bike for a week. Unfortunately my first ride back after vacation wasn't such a great one. I headed down to Beach Drive in the District this morning to get some riding in before the day got away from me. The route was one I've done a ton of times and a relatively easy one, unfortunately I think either the scrambled eggs and cheese on english muffin or the coffee I had before the ride didn't sit well with my stomach. Sophie had the same eggs as me so if I hear she feels sketchy tonight, I'll know it was imprecise cooking of the eggs (the eggs were cooked fine). All through the ride I had a bit of stomach upset and a stitch that came in and out during the ride. I ended up putting in 26 miles at 16.9 mph or a route that I should have ridden much stronger.
I suspect the discomfort was a combination of being off the bike for a week, eating like a pig - and eating poorly - while I was down in Charleston, and having a crappy breakfast this morning. I have a relatively light week at work this week so hopefully I will be able to get in a few rides to get my legs feeling good. If all goes well, I'll get in a 100 mile week.
I'm also aiming to squeeze in a couple centuries before the end of the year. Late September and early October should be perfet riding weather. Check the map and see if anything interests you.