Well, I was out of town this weekend, and among other things, did a 50 mile ride this morning.....at 32℉. I did the ride on my road bike, which felt decidedly weird since I've been riding fixed all month. My spin and cadence is greatly improved though. The folk I was riding with commented on how I NEVER stopped pedaling for the first 30 miles, other than at the only SAG stop on the ride.
First thing that happened, getting ready to drive to the start, I had to scrape the van to see. :0 Yep, it's that time of year. The Ride was in Roanoke, Indiana, and sponsored by Kohlinger's, a bike shop in Fort Wayne. It's called "The Jersey Ride". You get a special jersey for this ride, and it's pretty cool. I should actually have it by Christmas, as my Aunt ordered the jersey for me as a XMas present early...sweet lady, I can tell ya!
I'd have gotten video, but it was so cold, my batteries in the bar cam died in about 4 minutes and the video files got corrupted and are unviewable. It's too bad, because you can see frost glistening on the road in the rising sun. IT WAS COLD! I also needed a set of earwarmers (which I didn't have! ). I got the most hellacious earache on the first part of the ride that I considered bailing on it. It was actually causing my whole jaw to hurt. Fortunately, another rider at the SAG stop had some Ibuprofen (better living through chemistry ), and I was able to continue, after I also stuck some cotton in the ear to close off the ear canal from the wind.
Coming back inbound, I had 22 miles of an 15-20 mph headwind. In short, the ride was your basic "Deathmarch".......my favorite kind.
Total Miles: 50.6
Time riding: 2:45
Avg Pace, 18.18 miles/Hr.
Start temperature: 32 F
End temperature: 51F
This was after working all day yesterday, pulling boats out of the water and getting things set up for winter up at the lake.
After ride meal: Brats and Baked Beans. Very good post ride meal, I'l tell ya, and they had brats aplenty! I was STARVED!
I'm now going to go take a hot shower, and hit the sack after a nice dinner.