Work and weather have really interfered with my cycling this year. The spring was wet and I had trips for work almost every week in June and July. By the end of July I had ridden 633 miles, which was 960 fewer than I had ridden from January through July last year. I took the last week off and managed to ride 6 times. I rode several times in the evenings and it is getting dark earlier, so the rides were shorter than I would have liked. Despite that I had my first 100-mile week with 103 miles. This week I have ridden five times for 119 miles and that included my long ride of the year, 44 miles. All together the last two weeks have accounted for 23% of the years riding so far.
I felt like I was dragging all day. I cut the lawn, paid bills, and ran errands. I finally went out to ride around 5:00 PM. The weather was great and after I got warmed I started to feel more energetic. I rode 27.5 miles at a 14 mph pace. Then farthest and fastest of the year. I am going to have to keep doing this.
I got out for another ride today. It was the first time that I rode on consecutive days since last September. I took the same route as yesterday with the exception of one little detour. The weather was again quite nice, and it was much less windy. It must of been the wind that slowed me down yesterday. I averaged 13.6 mph today over 23.2 miles.
YTD: 92.6 miles
A couple of illnesses and some travel for work kept me off my bike for about six weeks in the late fall. When I had a chance to ride again, it had gotten cold and I was not prepared to deal with it. Since last October I had ridden less than 50 miles. I got out today for a 22 mile ride, and I managed a blistering 12 mph pace. I was hindered by some serious wind gusts are times, but the problem was mostly me. I even had a minor cramp at a stop about three quarters of the way through the ride.
The weather for tomorrow looks promising. It should be warm again and I am hoping for a bit less wind. I hope to get out again. It is going to be a long hard road to getting in shape so I had better get a good start.
I got out for a brief ride on Saturday. I was out running errands, including getting my car washed. As I pulled back into the driveway, I realized it was 63 degrees. I had to get out and ride. It was already 4:20 PM, so I grabbed my hybrid and rode around the neighborhood for 10.5 miles.
YTD: 10.5 miles
I rode up to Lewistown today to lead the club’s Pick Your Distance Ride. I hit a bump on the new paving on Christopher’s Crossing, and my mirror fell off. I heard something hit the ground, looked down, but I could not tell what had fallen. I stopped and looked back just in time to see a car run over my mirror.
YTD: 2000 miles
I was off the bike for four weeks in later July and most of August. The first week was due to travel and the rest was due to having the flu. I have been riding again for about two weeks covering 62 and 80 miles per week. Today I joined members of the club to check out the metric century route that we will be doing on September 20.
The ride was similar to a ride I did in May, although it was a few miles shorter and just bit less hilly. I survived, but I was exhausted at the end and my legs were fairly sore. I was in better shape in May. I ended up averaging 14.6 mph for the ride, which makes the ride my fastest as well as my longest since my layoff.
The rests of the riders were clearly near their peak conditioning from riding all summer, which kept the average speed up. I would not have gone so fast if I was not chasing them.
I had been well ahead of last year’s pace until I sick. When I got back on the bike I had just about the same number of miles as the year before, but now I am falling behind. I racked up 180 miles in one week in early September, and I don’t think that will happen this year.