Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Bikes: 1976 Apollo Mk IV, mid-'80s Miyata touring bike, mid-'80s Miyata mtn bike, 2007 Trek 6500 mtn bike, 2008 Trek Madone 5.2
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A ride too far
As everyone in eastern Canada knows, this winter has been endless. There is still plenty of snow around, but the roads are clear and the daytime temperatures are, at last, consistently above freezing. I got out for my first ride Sunday afternoon, cloudy/bright, 5 C (which dictated shoe covers, leg warmers, cold weather jersey, fleece, cycling jacket, gloves, earband, helmet cover), 27 km. Head wind, cross wind out - tail wind, cross wind back.
Well the temps will be climbing in the next few days the the Sunday ride with the bike club I joined this year should be reasonably pleasant except for the fact that it is 75 km. And that's the short ride. The long ride is 90 km. Aaaargh. This year for me that would be a more reasonable distance in mid to late May. Oh well, I think I will stick with the slower group to start with. I've been cycling for about 30 years so I know I will be able to deal with it, but I also know how I will feel at the end of this first ride when I am not in shape.
I guess I will sleep well Sunday night.