Tues Early Morning Solo Ride
I haven’t been for a good distance ride for quite some time. They’ve either been evening rides or short rides because of the weather. Today was supposed to be an alright day to get out and get a 40 or 50 miler in. I’m a week away from my track races, so no hills in the mix for me today. I headed out on the Cinelli at 6:30 when the roads were still damp, but not totally wet. Kept it in the 42 chainring most of the ride. Never really pushed. The wind picked up around halfway through. It was a headwind, too. Bummer. I got home before 10. Never done the loop I did today. Of course I’ve done many of the roads, but the stretch from Franklin Township down to the Monroe Twp High School is pretty much unchartered territory for me. My Garmin eTrex 10 did a wonderful job navigating for me on this ride. Without it there would have been problems. Click on the map below to see the route I did at RWGPS.
Sat Morning Ad Hoc Ride
I wasn’t much in the mood to do a real workout this morning. Drove over to the Plainsboro pool and swam for 25 minute before dressing up to go for the 8:30 ride out of Cranbury. The weather was very iffy. Guys showed up for the ride. No leader. No ride sheet. We decided to do a loop near the park in case it started to thunder and lightning. I had an empty stomach since I had not eaten since 5 PM last night. I wanted to do a low intensity ride. Unfortunately at about mile 20 or so the intensity went up because the guy I was drafting off of in the paceline was not too cool in holding the wheel in front of him. So not too long thereafter I bailed and rode back to the car and drove home. Click on the map below to see the loop at RWGPS. Overall the ride was pretty quick. If it had stayed smooth, then maybe I would have continued further. But I didn’t want to get wet. So I quit.
Wed Evening PFW C+ Ride
I had not ridden yet today. Didn’t feel so good this morning in the pool. Only did maybe 30 laps, and they were lousy laps. The weather was not too hot to ride, but I just never got the urge to go out and pedal. When late afternoon rolled around I thought about driving over to Lambertville to join the Freewheeler C+ ride that departs from the CVS Pharmacy there at 6 PM. The ride would be too slow if I didn’t handicap myself. So I decided to take one of my 1974 restored Schwinn Continentals instead of a clip-in pedal bike. Got there about 5 minutes before the start and was clad in cycling shorts, a t-shirt, and sneaks. Had to wear a helmet, too. Nice size group – maybe 14? I rode with the leaders the whole way. Had a nice workout. Click on the map below to see the route we took at RWGPS.
Tues Early Morning Ride
Today is forecast to be a hot day. Yesterday was hot, too. But I was recovering (not riding) from my long hot ride on Sunday. Today I needed to get out at least for a short ride. So at 5:30 I hopped on the Cinelli and went for a spin at 5:30 before the heat and before the roads got heavy with commuter traffic. I noticed the new circle being built at Whitehead Rd and US-1. And I noticed the nice new pavement job on Cold Soil Road close to Lawrenceville. Both are nice improvements. In a few minutes I’ll head over to the pool for 30 minutes of lap kicking and maybe some laps of stroke. Click on the map below to see the route I completed this morning.
200k Calendared Rando Ride
This morning I got up early to drive over to the 200k rando ride I entered that was to depart from Quakertown, PA at 5 AM. Today’s ride would be the last 200k of a 600k ride that departed yesterday at 4 AM. I had plans to ride with my 3 fleche teammates that I rode with in April. Two of them entered the 600k ride. One is just doing the 200k like me. The weather was supposed to get real hot by noon. The four of us rode together for the first 30 or 35 miles. Rudi was not up to the pace since he had ridden 400k in the previous day. The other three of us were not able to help him tackle the miles. We rode on ahead at a good pace. The two rest stops where there was food we took significant breaks. Alex and I finished together in 10 hours and 8 minutes. Greg came in about 10 minutes later. Rudi was still out on the course when I left to drive home at 4 PM. Click on the map below to see the 200k route I rode. The high temp was around 95 and I was riding my CX bike. Rode past a huge live snapping turtle in the middle of the road toward the end.