Monday, November 21, 2011
My regular riding buddies had either come up with good excuses or ignored my calls and emails (one even went so far as to move out of state) so I was going to hook up with a group of guys that I don't really know, but that ride out there every Saturday morning.
They had been calling for rain, thankfully though I woke to partly cloudy skies and really cold temps but at least it was dry. As I bundled up and pulled on my long fingered gloves, the group showed no signs of actually getting ready so I decided to head off on my own figuring they'd catch and pass me on Brandon. It turns out I never did see them and ended up doing the entire ride by myself. There were a couple other riders I did see and one that I chatted with as he would pass me, then I him as we each stopped to either admire the views or take pictures. (or in my case, get my heart rate back down to sustainable levels)
Saturday, by myself, there was no pressure at all. I could stop and take pictures, I could pull over and admire the view or I could hammer along and not worry about stopping at the regrouping points. I could make the ride and the pace as difficult or as easy as I chose. Of course, with it being my first ride back on the SS, no matter how easy I tried to take it, it was still fairly difficult....
There's something very cathartic about being alone in the hills with nothing but the sound of your breathing as you climb and the sound of your tires rolling along the trail as you descend....it's good for me to get out and clean out the cobwebs in my head once in a while and a good, long, hard ride is always one of the best ways for me to do that....
Friday, November 11, 2011
It’s been a few months since I’ve ridden any distance further than about 20 miles and doing 65 miles this weekend was definitely a push. Thankfully this route is almost completely flat. I say almost because one of the new wineries this year has a road with a short STEEP climb. Like steep as in even with a bit of a running start I couldn’t make it on the single speed. Granted, that’s probably also due to my lack of fitness, but I’m not sure I could have made it last year either….
Can't wait till next year!