Friday RUSA Perm Ride: 100k
The weather was finally conducive for a bike ride. The past couple of days I designed a 400k and 600k route that start and stay on Long Island. It was nice completing those two projects. And when I got out on the bike today I was able to think about those routes instead of face reality that I was riding roads in NJ that I have ridden many many times. Oh well. The fresh air felt good. The temp was around 45 degrees and the roads were dry for the most part. There was a wind, but not terrible. The track bike handled well. And the time of 4:15 wasn’t too bad. I definitely was not pushing the pace.
Tomorrow I am scheduled to lead a ride for Princeton Freewheelers out of Plainsboro. If nobody shows up, then I will head out and do another 100k RUSA ride. Either way I’ll get a good ride in. Can’t lose. I’d like to get my last ride sheet for now which would give me 10 total for the year. But I’d also like to get up over 1000k for the year for RUSA miles. I’m going to get one of the two.
Click on the map below to see today’s ride results at RWGPS.
Sunday Morning PFW B-Ride
I got lucky the 9th time this year. Two guys showed up for my ride: Peter F and Rick W. Phew! I’m only 1 ride lead away from qualifying for official ride leader status for 2019. The weather was clear, but the temp was sub-freezing. I think it was around 28 degrees when we departed for my wimpy little 35-mile route. This one was a little “hillier” than any of the others I’ve lead this year. It actually broke 1000 feet of climbing. I was on my track bike as usual. Both Peter and Rick were on road bikes. We actually did the rest stop on this ride – the Wawa at Bakers Basin and US-1.
Click on the map below to see the route in detail at RWGPS.
Saturday Morning PFW B-Ride
The temp was over freezing this morning when the ride departed at 9. Ralph showed up. So I got my 8th ride sheet for the year. I was on my track bike, and Ralph was on a road bike. Did a new loop I designed two days ago. Went well. Neither of us wanted to stop at the planned rest stop at Southfield Shopping Center. So the ride didn’t take much more than 2 hours, if that. Kind of windy at times. But had a good time. I was never cold.
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Thursday RUSA Ride: 100k
First day in a while that it was acceptable to go for a bike ride outdoors. I got in an AM swim this morning. Actually did my full mile instead of the wimpy stuff I have been doing lately. My buddies at the pool were surprised! I then did about 3 hours of indoor house painting before pulling my track bike out of the garage to go for an easy bike ride. I didn’t really feel like riding today. So when I started the ride I had very low expectations. I fully expected the overall time to complete the ride would be in the 5 hour range. When I got home and uploaded the GPS file I was quite surprised that I finished in the 4 hour range as normal. I never pushed at all on this ride.
Click on the map below to see the ride results at RWGPS.
Sunday Morning PFW Ride from Rocky Hill
After getting up this morning I checked the PFW Ride Calendar to see who was leading rides. Turned out there was another ride listed that would probably snatched some of the guys who have been showing up for my Sunday rides. I packed to go up the hill to the start of my ride not expecting anybody to show. Phew! I got lucky. Andrew A showed up. We had a nice low key ride that he wanted to cut a little short. So the ride only last 25 miles for me. This was my 7th ride sheet for the year. Hopefully I’ll be able to get three more before the end of the month. Who knows!
I was on my track bike again. I think the temp was around 21 degrees when we started. The sun was out. So that was nice. But since we talked pretty much nonstop for the ride I didn’t really even notice the cool temp. Definitely an easy ride. Click on the map below to see the route in more detail at RWGPS.
Thursday RUSA Ride: 200k
The weather forecast for today was overcast with temps between 40 and 50 degrees. The roads were wet when I departed from the Wawa in Rocky Hill on my track bike. I don’t think it was raining, but it was around 40. The roads did not dry up for at least 35 miles. I took the flattest path from Rocky Hill to the Quick Chek in Ringoes and down to Pennington. Then I pretty much stuck to the official route. There was not much of a wind in the morning. When I got to Belmar the wind was gusting pretty strong off the ocean, but not a direct westerly wind. Probably more of a southwesterly wind. I don’t think the wind was all that strong as I headed back west inland. But I did get some benefit from something of a tailwind. This was my first 125 mile ride since early October of last year. Didn’t feel too bad. And the time of 8:45 was nice, too.
Click on the map below to see the route in more detail at RWGPS.
Tuesday RUSA Ride: Metric Century
Today’s temps were up there. Warmer than yesterday, but a little more windy. I didn’t need wool socks. I used cotton socks and summer cycling shoes. And my gloves were fingerless. Almost felt like summer. Once again I was out on my track bike. The course was easy. I covered it in 4 hours 19 minutes. It was my third day in a row of riding. I’d really like to get one more day in tomorrow. But my rump is a little sore, and my legs are heavy. We’ll see. Had a nice mile swim this morning. I’m going to need another tomorrow morning.
Click on the map below to see the route I did.