Two weeks ago I posted that I had ridden 18 miles, breaking 12 miles for the first time since I was 23 years old.
Today I can report that I did half my age, 26 miles. This is an all-time high for me, breaking my previous high of 22 miles - set when I was a teenager.
It was all rail trail, approximately 23 on dirt/gravel surfaces. About 18-20 miles was into an 8-10 mph headwind - I did not appreciate that.
Elasped time to complete, including all stops, almost exactly 3 hours. As my goal was to complete it within 4 hours, with hopes that I could do it in 3.5, I was very pleased to finish in 3.
Riding attire was a green Target C9 jersey, some clearance socks from Nashbar, Borah padded undershorts, Target C9 long, lightweight khaki pants, reflective Fred strap on right ankle, and sneakers. Contemplated installing my PowerGrips straps but decided not too as I didn't want to risk them being uncomfortable.
First 10 miles were a breeze, except for the wind. Then I started tiring on a long 3% incline with the wind taking its toll. Then I got up to the train tunnel (980' long, curved, near pitch black in the middle), walking the bike through about half of it. When I came out the other side, rested a bit and now heading down a 3% slope, I caught my second wind and never had problems again.
To the best of my knowledge, my pulse rate never hit 100, and I completed the entire ride consuming only 16 ounces of water (out of my 24 ounce bottle). I never got thirsty. It was a nice, cool 56 when I started out, climbing to the low 70s by the time I finished. Did drink a lot of water later at lunch.
I hereby promote myself to Recreational Rider, Class 2.
My wife met me in the beautiful small town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, where we had lunch.
I can also state that I hit my first weight reduction goal. Starting from mid-Sept last year, I am now down 15 pounds, hoping to be down 25 by Oct 1. Biking is a big part of my weight loss program.