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What a Great Morning for a Ride

by on June 9, 2014

Those who avoided this morning’s ride because of the light sprinkle of rain at 5:30 am missed a very enjoyable ride.

The rain stopped by 5:45 and when we met up at the Rusty Bridge, we blew noisemakers for Dan’s birthday.  We then rode a comfortable, easy pace, chatting the whole way.  There were 200 & 300 k rides this past weekend.  Chip is headed to Ireland at the end of the week for a 1200k.  We are a month away from a 1000k.  Several of us are doing a training ride of 400k this weekend.  RAAM starts Tuesday.  There is plenty of cycling news to talk about and for which there remains some planning.  It occupied our conversation the whole morning.

This being Mosey Monday, there was only one sprint all day.  As we rolled through Round Bay, Dan kicked up the pace on the little hill and I followed, soon passing him.  I kept the speed up, not going for the personal record but riding strong.  As it turned out, I averaged 25 mph up the hill and logged my best time for the year.

Friday’s ride was good too.  I logged 60 miles, then when I got home I mowed the lawn.  I like it that a 60 mile ride doesn’t knock me out.

I’m noticing that still after a full week since my 400 mile week, my heart rate remains down.  It is averaging about 10 bpm lower than before that week.  I’m also noticing that I’m stretching out more, opening my lungs for added capacity.  I’ll be exploring either a new stem or moving my saddle back (or both) to dial that in.

Bible Verses for the day:

And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not dishevel your hair, and do not tear your vestments, or you will die and wrath will strike all the congregation; but your kindred, the whole house of Israel, may mourn the burning that the LORD has sent. (Leviticus 10:6 NRSV)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NRSV)

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