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Flèche = T-5 Days

by on April 1, 2013

The more people learn what we are doing (riding the Flèche) the more I hear words like “crazy” & “deranged” as well as “awesome” & “impressive”.  The thing is, the Flèche (360k) is just a gateway to even longer rides, like 400k, 600k, 1000k, and 1200k (standard Randonneuring distances).  I’ve not done those distances.  One factor for me is that those distances on a brevet consume a Sunday morning.  Pastors typically have obligations on Sunday mornings.  It will happen though.  I’ll figure out how to extend myself for a longer ride.

This morning’s Mosey Monday ride was really a final checkout ride for the Kona.  The new chain and cassette work flawlessly, with shifting smooth and predictable.  I’ll clean the drive train today and start adding the bags and other accessories needed for the big ride Saturday.  That means that the fixie will come out to play the next few days.

The ride was easy enough this morning (7 riders … including Bryan and Jeff!) that I kicked it up our last hill on B&A Blvd.  I’ve got a private Strava segment there, and I came in with my fastest time this year and my 3rd fastest ever on that segment … only 2 seconds shy of the personal record!  It is a short uphill of around 45 seconds in duration and makes for a great interval.  I pegged my heart rate at 172, so I don’t know how much more I had in the tank, but it is a good section to test myself.  With that accomplishment, I’ve decided that personal record will be broken this year.

We are enjoying the brighter skies the last half of the ride this time of year.  Temperatures are starting to moderate just a bit.  I’m anxious for brighter skies and temperatures for the morning ride to hit the 50’s.

This Ride: 21 miles
Month: 21 miles
2013: 1329.6 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 21,102.5 miles

From → Cycling

  1. I’m getting excited for you. When I tell people about my upcoming 300K, I get a similar reaction. To be perfectly honest, though, I don’t think I’ll ever go farther than that. Anything farther would be crazy! 🙂

    • ponderingpastor permalink

      That’s right … crazy … certifiable!

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