Saturday Morning RUSA Ride with Rudi
Rudi contacted me a few days ago saying he wanted to do his metric century RUSA ride today. He suggested the route we ended up doing together. Started at 7:30 or so this morning. And we slugged through the terrible winds. He didn’t quite dress sufficiently to be comfortable in the cold. He was riding a fixed gear bike he had thrown together, and had not tested before. His chain fell off at one point.
I had an enjoyable ride. I was on my CX bike, and there were a few occasions where I actually put it in the little chainring. That “24” worked very well for me at times. We joked at times that we were crazy to be out on the bike in March with the wind so strong and the temp on the rather cool side. I told Rudi that we would be able to see how crazy we were later in the day. All we have to do is check the RUSA perm results page online to see who else rode today. Turns out – we were the only ones to ride in NJ today. I suppose we are crazy!
Click on the map below to see the route we rode in more detail at RWGPS.
Wednesday Solo RUSA Ride
I wasn’t really in the mood to go for a ride today. The weather was too nice to pass it up. And I needed the ride, too. When I started the ride over at the Wawa I forgot to reset the timer. I was about 3 miles into the ride when I realized what I had done. I reset the timer and mileage counter and went on my merry way. I had to extrapolate the ride time when I got home since the recording is not 100% accurate.
The sun was out, and it was little cold in the beginning of the ride. I got into the swing of things pretty quick. But I never really got into the ride. Did a lot of coasting. I haven’t done this route for a long time. I like it. But it’s not all that good to do with a fixed gear track bike. And it’s only been recently that I’ve been riding a geared bike.
Click on the map below to see the ride in more detail at RWGPS.
Rando Scout Award
RUSA has created a new award that members can earn. It’s called the Rando Scout Award, and to earn it all you have to do is ride at least 25 distinct event routes which have been listed on the RUSA Calendar. There is no time limit.
Of all the members who have earned this award, there are only 12 members who have 5-digit membership numbers:
Yes, that is me at the top of the list. I am the newest RUSA member to earn this new award. I probably snuck onto the list because I don’t particularly like doing rides over and over. And then there also was the issue that I wanted to earn the American Explorer award which requires one to travel to distant states which translates into new and different distinct event routes. I’ve only ridden two events twice since I started riding RUSA events in January, 2017.
NOTE: I’ve ridden with all the riders who are bold faced type.
Saturday Solo RUSA Ride
The high temp today was in the the low 50s. And it was sunny, too. Unfortunately it was very windy. I had to be careful I did not get blown over at times on my ride today. I departed around 11:30 on my CX bike and did a RUSA perm that I had not done before. I created it last Fall when I was not doing much riding. So it sat without any use.
The wind was coming from the West. The ride from home over to Pennsylvania was not a direct headwind, but it did not make for an easy ride. And then the ride up the Delaware River to Stockton was pretty much a direct headwind. The ride from Stockton over to Flemington wasn’t too bad. And the ride back to Princeton from Flemington was hilly. I had hoped I would get a nice tailwind in the hills. But it didn’t seem to materialize.
I was feeling pretty good for the first time on the ride today after my trip down to NC last weekend. I might go for another ride tomorrow. But I doubt I will. I think I will settle for a nice morning swim at 7, and call it a day as far as exercise goes.
Click on the map below to see the ride I did today in more detail at RWGPS.
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Thursday Mid-Day RUSA Ride
The weather was really nice for a ride today. I’d finished my 1000k ride late Monday night, and hadn’t been on the bike for Tuesday or Wednesday. Today’s ride was really a well-deserved “recovery” ride. I took it really easy today. Didn’t get out of the saddle much. And put it in really easy gears when climbing. Rode the CX bike, and really enjoyed the small front chainring on some of the hills. Today’s route was the first time this year that I have ridden it.
Click on the map below to the my ride in more detail at RWGPS.