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Finally Friday

by on August 13, 2010

This Ride: 39.1 miles
Kona Distance: 2,672.4 miles
Month to date: 333.5 miles
2010 Total: 3,138.9 miles
Pace to 5,254.8 mile goal in 2010: (82.9 miles ahead of goal pace)

I carefully checked the radar this morning, then checked it again.  Some lingering light rain showers were in the area, but the route of the Friendly Friday ride was clear, so I pulled out the fenders, put back on all the parts that had been drying since yesterday’s rain, and was out the door by 5:30 for the ride into Annapolis for breakfast.

Five riders started out at the Rusty Bridge, and we picked up two more along the way.  It was a pretty typical ride.  This morning, unlike some Friendly Friday rides, we rode the hill in Round Bay.  I still haven’t developed a plan to work the hills and need to do that soon.  That will help bring my fitness level and overall speed up.

Breakfast in Annapolis was nice.  Five of us ate outside of Hard Bean.  It was breezy but comfortable.  I really love going up the brick Main Street from City Dock.  It is a nice comfortable incline and the bricks rattle and clatter under the wheels.  Even though the street is brick, it is very smooth.

On the way back, I had to drop off the back of the group because my phone kept ringing.  My family knows that if they need to speak to me to keep ringing and sure enough, even though I only heard it twice, my wife had called 4 times.  I did what I could over the phone, then soloed the rest of the way, adding a few miles to the day’s ride.

Typically I will ride a long ride on Fridays, but today with the weather being a bit questionable, and a planned 50 mile group ride tomorrow to Ellicott City (the 6th day of riding in a row … a first for me), I let 39 miles today be enough.  If I can keep riding the rest of this month like I have thus far, I will log more miles in August than any other month, and just might log as many miles in August as I did all last year.  Could an 800 mile month actually be possible?  That’s what my present pace could accomplish.  I’ll be happy with 700 and my goal is 600.

Watch for a report on a brand new route for me tomorrow.

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