Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest Michigan
Bikes: Fuji Monterey, Schwinn Traveler, Fuji Special Road Racer, Gitane Interclub, Sun EZ-1, Schwinn Frontier, Puch Cavalier, Vista Cavalier, Armstrong, Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Stingray
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I'm terribly out-of-shape after my wipe-out of a couple months ago. I had one 8 mile ride in July, and another 8 miles 3 weeks ago with my son, then the Friday before I did 17 before my wife caught up to me and 13 the next day. The headwind was rougher this time around and I was only making 11-mph into it and not feeling strong. I shouldn't have eaten that doughnut just before leaving work because I ended up having doughnut burps for 10-miles into the ride. I was good for the first couple of hours, but then I ran out of steam and my time suffered. Still 'I am the tortoise' I told myself and at mile 23 I was really feeling spent, but I was determined.
Saturday & Sunday I felt totally exhausted from the ride. I think I was really ready to do around 20-miles and I over-did it a bit. In any case I'll be doing several shorter rides for a while. My favorite part of the ride is a tie between stopping to watch a pumkin-chucker catapult at a local plant store and riding past the vineyards. The smell of the Concords was just fantastic.