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Staycation Days Ride 1

by on August 30, 2010

This Ride: 51.7 miles
Kona Distance: 3,146.6 miles
Month to date: 807.7 miles <– (New monthly personal distance record)
2010 Total: 3,613.1 miles
Pace to 5,254.8 mile goal in 2010: (208.8 miles ahead of goal pace)

I’m taking a few days “staycation” which allows me to ride a little longer distances each morning. My goal this week is to ride 50 miles each morning, then do work around the house in the afternoon.  Day 1: Goal accomplished.

It was a quiet ride this morning.  Last week I mentioned that I was ready to grease parts that don’t need grease in order to stop some creeking noises.  Then, I stumbled upon directions for greasing the seat post (every 6 months) and tackled this and more on Saturday.  I carefully marked the seat post and seat brackets, removed them, cleaned them (a lot of grit and dirt had infiltrated) greased the parts, reassembled, and voila … no noise this morning!

I rode the Mosey Monday ride.  We averaged about 17 mph (faster on the return than on the way out).  The hill in Round Bay left me gasping, as did the fast pace on the return via B&A.  Most of the ride was pleasant conversation. The group was reminded about the need to let cars pass on B&A, as we took up the entire lane for a couple of miles.

At the end of this ride, I stopped back home to say goodbye to Lori as she headed off to work.  I grabbed a quick bowl of cereal and jumped back on the bike for a trip to Sandy Point State Park.  For the 3.5 mile stretch into Sandy Point, I pushed it and averaged 20.7 mph.  That wiped me out and the next 5 mile split averaged just over 15 mph.  I don’t think I gained a thing overall ride average … except a good 10 minute dip into anaerobic exercise.

This was a nice morning.  Although the forecast is for the upper 90’s today, the morning was still cool enough that I didn’t get back dripping wet.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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