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A Little of This and a Little of That

by on May 21, 2014

Four am was not happening this morning.  I had a late night at the church and by the time I was ready to shut down for the night 11:00 was just around the corner.  I set the alarm for 4:30 and got up at 4:39.  Yep, good old snooze button again.

I mounted my old front wheel on the Kona, having taken my Mavik in for service on the front hub after yesterday’s noise.

I was quick out the door in wonderful 63° F temps and I was ready to ride.  I chose a northerly route, and noticed about 300 yards in that I forgot my cycling glasses.  There are two ways I notice.  First, I can see better through my daily wear glasses.  Second, no mirror.  That’s the biggest drawback to forgetting.  I rely on that mirror quite a bit.  I pressed on anyway, and gradually increased my pace.  Going down Jumper’s Hole Road I was flying along at about 23 mph when I noted the light turning red at Obrecht Rd.  Usually when this happens I move over to the shoulder and just blow through the light, but this morning with great eyesight, I spotted a State Trooper sitting at the T intersection turning left onto Jumper’s Hole Road to go in my direction.  I bled off speed and came to a full legal stop.  Then, when the coast was clear, I continued on.  I turned on to the trail going north and crossed Highway 100 on the pedestrian bridge and continued on past Marley Station Mall.  I had a new PR to set on the Marley Station Mall hill, and once I turned around I pushed it hard.  I moved up in the ranks in this Strava segment this morning.  That uphill averaged 19.0 mph.

I finished the dash to the Rusty Bridge and the ride changed dramatically.  I rode with Mike C, who is continuing to recover from the 600k this past weekend.  The first half of the regular ride there were 5 riders that pretty much rode together.   On the way back, it was just Mike and I.  We had a good easy pace and it felt good to watch the heart rate drop under 110 while moving along at a fair clip.

Yes, it was just another ride, mixed up, and with a couple of treats along the way.

We spotted a very large deer on Old County Road.  Sunrise was once again pretty.  We are loving us some daylight rides in the early morning.

This is the best time of the year for our morning rides … for the next 2 months.

There were just over 26 miles on the day.  That’s what I get for getting out a little later than normal.

Bible Verses of the Day:

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and those in the right, for I will not acquit the guilty. (Exodus 23:7 NRSV)

When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; (Acts 16:7 NRSV)

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