Every year I've been riding (4) I've been able to put in more miles than the previous year. This year I was able to get in 1000 miles more than last year. I really helped that I did 7 centuries on consecutive weekends in August-September plus adding some 30 mile group rides on Tuesday and Thursdays after work. The mulitple 30 mile rides really added up!
I took a day's vacation and was able to do a nice ride today. The temps were in the high 40's under cloudy skies and the winds were 5-10 mph. Amazingly I had the wind with me going out and I was not looking forward to doing 30+ miles to get back to the house in a steady headwind. Amazingly, just a mile or so before I turned to loop back the wind started to shift to where it was either helping or at least not working against me. I don't think that's ever happened to me before.
Gary hit his target in front of the really swanky San Diego hotel but mine was just the opposite. I was out in the rural stretches of North Carolina and the closest thing to a structure was a Commercial Chicken House!! How appropriate!! Hey, at least traffic was next to nil!!
In addition to the wind shifting mid ride another really nice thing happened. I didn't take enough to eat so I stopped at Subway to grab a sandwich with just a few miles left. I only had a $5 bill and got a 6" sub and a drink. I told the young lady that if $5 was not enough to leave off the drink. The total came to $5.11 and she put in 11 cents from her own pocket. I thanked her profusely but it's just wonderful that the world still has some kind people around. Among many other things, I'm very THANKFUL for that.
I've got to get me a digital camera so I can show you folks these beautiful sights (like the chicken house) including my Cyclometer like Gary did. Anyway, for those folks who enjoy the stats the numbers will have to do:
Todays' ride: 65.07 miles
Avg Speed: 17.0 mph
Max speed: 40.1 mph
Riding time: 3 hr 45 min
Climbing: 2657 ft
Max grade: 12%
Avg Heart rate: 145 bpm
Max HR: 174 bpm
There are a few more weeks until year end and I will be taking several more days off. If the weather holds maybe I can add a few hundred more miles to the yearly total!! That might make next year's target a pretty tough challenge!!!
One other thing-I ordered a cadence sensor/cable for my cyclometer today so I will be able to reduce the number of gadgets on my handlebars from 4 to 3. Now if Santa will just bring me one of the new eTrex GPS's that has all the bells and whistles I can go from 3 to 1!!
Sorry to get so long winded but you folks get me cranked up......or maybe it was the caffeine in the Cherry Coke at Subway.