today i set out on my usual monday (day off) ride which usually covers any where between 25 and 35 miles. that's about what i was shooting for when i left home this morning. well, the sun was shining and the temperature was scheduled to be in the low 70's - it was a beautiful day in southern california!
from my house it's roughly 10 miles to the santa fe dam which happens to be smack dab in the middle of the san gabriel river MUP (multi use path). that was my original destination with the intent to do my cruise around the 70 acre lake and picnic on a sandwich purchased along the way.
gliding effortlessly along the bike path en route to the lake i began to contemplate my up coming birthday, in july, and how i have planned to ride my age - 60 big ones! my bike was purring, replete with the new shimano XC platform pedals that i had popped a C-note on, the air was crisp and clean and i felt really good.
upon arriving at the lake the thought struck me, "why not ride my age today?" rationalizing that it might be way too hot to ride the anticipated 60 miles in july, when the temperature could easily surpass 100 degrees and thus make such a ride all but impossible - at the very least, much more difficult than on a day like today.
i ended up going with that impulse and not only rode my upcoming birthday but eclipsed a metric century by 1.2 miles, finishing up my ride at 63.3 miles of the most enjoyable cycling i have ever done!
much of my route, about 40 miles, was undisturbed by vehicular traffic and followed the above mentioned san gabriel river bike path. see link: http://www.nearfield.com/~dan/sports...r/sg/index.htm
instead of doing my usual picnic at santa fe dam i held off until i reached legg lake.
link for legg lake: http://www.nearfield.com/~dan/sports...legg/index.htm
after lunch i circled the lake(s) and set off again, south past the whittier narrows dam, back on the bike path. traveling past the pico rivera golf course i was still somewhat uncertain about my ability to do the full 60, having previously only cycled 35 in one clip. so i turned around and headed back in the direction of the santa fe dam and home.
upon reaching santa fe i had ridden about 41 miles if memory serves? the once sunny beautiful day had suddenly turned ominous with the threat of rain and winds that threatened to blow me off the top of the dam.
undeterred by the dark clouds i pressed on, vowing to give it my best shot. that i did, riding into a rather stiff head wind from duarte to pasadena - to my LBS for a confirmation on the mileage required for a metric century. hell, if i was going for 60 why not go for another milestone?
arriving at my LBS my cyclometer read 56.6 miles. ironically, none of the employees were certain exactly how far a metric C was. being fairly sure that it was in the neighborhood of 62 miles i left the shop with that goal in mind. it's 4 miles from the shop to my house. in order that i not fall short by a few 1/10's i rode around a church parking lot, a mile and a half worth, before hitting the final mile back to my house.
after a cool-off lap in the neighborhood my final mileage tallied 63.3 most excellent miles!
i rode my age+ i rode a metric century+ i did it on a 40 lb+ hybrid bike - i feel great and the sense of accomplishment is amazing!
thanks for letting me share my ride,