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This Ride Puts 2011 to Bed

by on December 30, 2011

This Ride: 26.3 miles
Month: 645.5 miles
2011: 7,715 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 13834.7 miles

What a great morning for a ride!  It was a little hectic getting out there, but it was certainly worth it.

When I left the house, I was under-dressed for the 30°F temps.  I was nearly to the Rusty Bridge when I turned around, went back home and grabbed my wind vest.  I’m really glad I did.  That light wind protection made all the difference in the world between being chilly and being comfortably cool.  While I was home, I also pumped up the fixie tires.  They were a little on the low side.

Most of our morning conversation was focused on our big ride coming up on Monday.  We have 17 SPP riders signed up for a 200k starting at 7:00 Monday morning, riding from north central Maryland into Pennsylvania and back.  We climb “Big Flat” about 20-25 miles into the ride.  Temperatures and clothing choices dominated the conversation.  It will be below freezing at the start and we will be lucky to see 40° as the high.

While at the Big Bean this morning, Myna treated us to Red Velvet Cake with ice cream.  Dan wasn’t with us, so they didn’t get completely consumed.  Mohammed and Ravi also rode with us into Annapolis.  I think it was their first time with us in Annapolis on a Friday.

Today I’ll tune up the Kona for Monday’s 200k and get my clothing choices nailed down tight.

Watch for a post later today reflecting on the year’s accomplishments on the bike.

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