First 30 mile ride
What a year it has been so far this year. I started riding last fall (first time on a bike in decades). I was progressing pretty well over a 3 week time frame, last ride before my consulting business took off and the weather turned poor was just over 14 miles before a flat. Having no patch kit, spare tube, pump (yes, I know a Cardinal Sin), I walked back the remaining 2 1/2 miles home. The 14+ mile ride is my longest ride I have been on since starting to ride again, up to this point.
Fast forward to 2010. Business has been extremely busy for me this year that riding has taken a back seat. I have only ridden a handful of times (yes, I got another flat tire this year and no supplies on the bike). I now have a saddle bag with a patch kit, spare tube, tools, and a frame pump. I might pick up CO2 as well. However, that is another story. In all I have ridden less than 30 miles this year (yes, it has been that busy and some traveling).
My wife and I have decided I am spending too much time sitting in front of this blasted computer and I need to start riding. It has been 5 or 6 weeks since I rode last so it is time to get my butt out of the chair and on to a saddle. I went out this morning and the route I was planning on taking was going to be around 26 miles with a couple of good hills but overall relatively flat. I suppose I underestimated the ride because the ride (with a detour due to construction) ended up being just over 31 miles! I feel good, no pains, legs a little tired because they have not been tasked to do much lately.
Most of all, I am pleased that I set a goal and surpassed it. It did not hurt that this morning in Colorado was magnificent. The temperature was in the low 60s, virtually no wind, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and very low humidity. The ride took me about 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Now I have a route and a time to work to beat. I will probably tackle this route again on Thursday but will ride tomorrow morning. Maybe a 10 to 15 mile ride will work. I am just afraid of overdoing it but I know I need to get out.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my post.