I just got back from St Louis and the Moonlight Ramble they had last night. The Oldest Princess and I did the long 18 mile course in pretty good time. ALOT of little kids bunched up and older yahoo kids playing grab ass on the course! Anyways, I was pleased with our 13 mph "pace" and good finish time. They had alot of hills in Forrest Park (funny, I didn't remember them in the car).
1)I felt I can keep up with "real" cyclist now. I had to hold back on the pace a little, the Oldest had a three hour volleyball practice in the afternoon. She was one tired puppy by the time we hit Market Street for the finish. But I felt I could have pushed the pace to 15 or even 16 mph. Even on my Nomad Fitness!
2)After the ramble, and my free beer, I had alot more miles in me. I proved it by running down to the new Busch Stadium and the River Front for another hour of hill climbing. We had alot of time to kill. The metro didn't start up again til 5:30 am! But the sun rise ride in St Louis was breath taking. So, I'm thinking really serious about upping my miles and even commuting (at least part way for starters) to and from work.
I also learned a few more things:
1) Empty your damn bags before riding! I had them full of tools and supplies that I didn't need, leftovers from a neighbor who gave them to me on a ride when he saw me. But, at least I "power trained" with the extra weight.
2)Bags suck, for me, in general. Too many heel strikes when I'm in my straps. I'm going to a trunk bag. It will hold all I need.
3)Riding in a crowd of mixed riders takes the comuting power of a hyper ADD! Talk about multi tasking! I'm watching around me, and my Oldest, and talking to her keeping her pumping and close to me. I think I was more mentally drained than physically.
4)Riding is a blast! We did the 18 mile "dodge and run" and then another 15 sight seeing. My legs are a "good" sore, but I'm ready to go again tonight.
Anyways, I'm beat. I'm going to shower and get some sleep. Thanks to all who has written your stories and milestones. They make me get off my lazy ass and want to do something! You all have put the air into my sail. Thank you.