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Brisk Monday

by on January 10, 2011

This Ride: 17.7 miles
Month: 146.7 miles
2011: 146.7 miles
Cumulative Total: 6,266.4 miles

I couldn’t get out this weekend, and so I was looking forward to Mosey Monday with the group. As it turns out, it wasn’t a mosey pace.

Four of us met at the Rusty Bridge in temps of 20-23° F.  Dan had circled the river this morning and was riding with a broken front derailleur cable, meaning he was stuck in the small chain ring.  The extra effort of that higher cadence had him sweating so no one lingered in the cold, and we took off.  Our pace was brisk.  I was definitely riding with three stronger riders, and it showed on the hill in Round Bay and then on the southern stretch of the trail.  Once we made it back onto B&A Blvd, I was fine on the rollers.  As it turns out, this was my fastest average time for the new year.  It wasn’t blazing fast, but in the cold, with extra clothing, I’ll settle for it.

Most of the talk was about the upcoming night ride.  Both Dan & Chip are riding, and Bryan is trying to decide whether or not to ride.  I think he is leaning in that direction.  I’m considering a 200k (probably solo) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (next Monday).  As I think toward that ride, sometimes I’m confident about it.  Sometimes I’m apprehensive.  I will be watching the weather and the storm we are forecast to get tomorrow and see how that changes the forecast for next week.

All in all, this was a good ride.  I cut it short this morning because I was late getting out the door to ride and I have a funeral to conduct this morning.  I need to make final preparations.

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