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Warm and Wet

by on December 8, 2011

This Ride: 22.2 miles
Month: 94.3 miles
2011: 7,163.8 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 13283.5 miles

The radar showed light showers in the area at 5:00 am, but nothing much to be concerned about.  The temperature of 55° F meant that if there was any light rain, it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable.  So, here we were in December with no jacket, wearing shorts and short fingered gloves riding before dawn.  We had seven at the start and one joined us much later.  It is good to see some of the irregulars out on a morning like this.  It was a nice day to ride.

Our ride was relatively brisk but cautious at the same time.  Wet road surfaces hide the imperfections and can be quite hazardous at times.  We encountered no rain whatsoever, so the ride was actually dryer than yesterday’s fog.  At the re-entry onto the trail, Dan picked up the pace and we held about 20 mph to the end, then he turned around and did it all again at about the same pace.  I was able to hang with that for a time, but then dropped back to a more comfortable3 pace.  Jim K, Bill C and I rode the last 1/3 of the ride together, with some good conversation and still a reasonable pace.

This morning is a great example of just getting out and exercising.  If there had not been a group that I knew would show up to ride in these conditions, I might have decided to sleep in.  The decision to ride each morning has already been made before morning arrives (most times days ahead of time).  That means that to not ride is to change my mind.  If I did it any other way, I might not get out of bed.  It is a routine like going in to the office.  If it is a work day, I’ll be going in.  If it is a work day, I’ll be riding.

Link to Garmin data.

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