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Old 05-05-08, 01:53 PM   #1
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I "hate" cycling, but love showers

Last Saturday I did my first century of the season doing a loop out past Boston's 495 through Hudson, Bolton, Harvard and Westford and back into Boston. At mile 50ish I was going up a hill and the forecast showers decide to become fairly heavy rain for about 15 mins. I was having a good ride, but at that point I thought "Why am I out here doing this?". After I got home I had a warm shower and as the heat seeped into me, and I washed the combination of road dirt and salty dried sweat off my face I felt great having completed the season's first 100 miles.

Then I realized I only do the cycling so I can feel that good after a shower........
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You got a point. Sometimes I have to remind myself how lucky I am to be out riding in the countryside, soaking up the sunshine when it seems like all I'm focused on is completing my loop.
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absolutely to enjoy the experience not just to have it.
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Boston Century

What route did you take? I need a good idea for a Saturday century, out and back from Jamaica Plain. I was thinking of Boston to Provincetown on the Saltonstall bikeway, taking the ferry back, but yours sounds like a good alternative.
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What route did you take? I need a good idea for a Saturday century, out and back from Jamaica Plain. I was thinking of Boston to Provincetown on the Saltonstall bikeway, taking the ferry back, but yours sounds like a good alternative.
My ride was basically the Apple Hill Long ride on this link.

http://www.crw.org/CueSheets/index.htm#West

I took the Minuteman trail out to the start in Concord and a diversion into Hudson to have breakfast. It's a pretty ride with a couple of short, but steep gradients
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It is strange that things can be so much better after a really long ride. Showers are one of those things, beer is another :-)
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It is strange that things can be so much better after a really long ride. Showers are one of those things, beer is another :-)
Yes showers and beer are good. After my ride and shower I was going to have a beer, but instead had the
first Pimms of the year. If you aren't familiar with this cocktail here's a link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimm%27...%28cocktail%29
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Yep, Pimms is a good idea. Is just becoming the weather for it.
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