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I Left Home Without My “Legs”

by on July 24, 2012

There are times on the bike when things are more of an effort than they “should” be.  This was one of those mornings.  I got out of the house early enough to enjoy the pre-dawn light and watch the world wake up.  I made it to the Rusty Bridge with plenty of time.  I had already arranged to ride the slower pace this morning, so I wasn’t pressured to go fast.  The humidity levels were dramatically lower than yesterday.  But as the group started out, I could tell that my legs just didn’t seem to have the normal strength or stamina in them and by the time we were 1/4 of the way into the ride, I was suddenly struggling.  My legs simply ached and didn’t really want to turn the pedals.

For me, when this kind of thing happens, then there is often a cascade of other issues.  My focus narrows to the effort rather than enjoying the experience.  This morning I was soon dripping sweat as if it were a lot warmer.  My headband was soaked and sweat was running into my eyes.  Sweat was dripping off my nose and chin.  My nose started to run.  I was a mess.  Still, I labored on, enjoying riding with Mike B once again and listening to his tales from his 2 day bike trip to Lewes, DE and the one day return trip.

I managed a 17.1 mph average on the morning … and have no idea where that came from.

This Ride: 23.2 miles
Month: 306.1 miles
2012: 3,261.8 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 17,115.5 miles

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