Wednesday Afternoon Solo RUSA Ride
It was a little chilly this morning to go for a ride considering how nice it was going to be to go for a ride this afternoon. So I held off hitting the roads until mid-day. I’m doing OK physically, but I’m still not fully recovered from my ride in New England this past Saturday. Today’s ride was on the CX bike and was done primarily on the tow paths I have access to. These tow path rides tend to be a little slower than the ones I do on the roads. But they are my favorite rides to do. I did not pass too many cyclists on the ride today. But I had a really fun time.
With today’s ride done I am less than 100km away from 7000km for the year in RUSA miles. I suspect I’ll get up to 7100k by late Saturday, but not sure.
Click on the map below to see the recording I did of the ride and have uploaded to RWGPS.
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Saturday All-Day Calendared RUSA Ride
What a wonderful day for a bike ride in New England. Phew! The weather was great. The ride company was great. And the scenery was great. The event started at 4 AM on Saturday from Woburn, MA, just a little north of Boston. I drove up from Princeton on Friday using a scenic route I’d never done before. The goal was to avoid as many tolls as possible. I ended up having to pay $1.50 to cross the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, NY. That was all.
I had a reasonably good night sleep before the start, and at 4 AM we were off – all 45 or so of us. The first 71 miles was very fast for me. That was done and out of the way in approximately 3.5 hours. We were wailing! It’s been a long time since I trained to be fast. I’m thinking I might take it up again sometime soon. After I dropped off “the train” of about 20 riders it took me about 15 minutes to get into a mindset to finish the ride at a somewhat slower pace.
I rode the middle part of the ride alone. Then I rode with 2 or three guys for a bit who had taken a long rest stop at a convenience store. They eventually dropped me. Then I had a couple of riders catch me from behind. One got past me. I finished with one. And one that had caught me finished just two minutes back.
There were 3 or 4 riders who very much liked my clip-on tri-bars that are used in Olympic Style triathlons.
After the ride I got about 6.5 hours of sleep before driving home. My official ride time was 17 hours 30 minutes for 251 miles. The route passed through MA, NH, and ME.
Click on the map below to see the recording of my ride at RWGPS.
Thursday Morning Solo RUSA Ride
It’s been two days since I was out on the bike. Today was a pretty nice one for a bike ride. Roads were a little damp when I departed early this morning on the Cinielli. Had to test ride it for my big ride coming up on Saturday. Rode well. I’m pleased.
Temp was around 70 when I departed. There were some clouds in the sky. But the sun came out soon enough. By the end of the ride it had gotten quite warm. There was a headwind coming from the West. I did not appreciate it much. But it was not a killer.
This ride got me up to 6400 km for the year as far as RUSA goes. That translates into 3600 km to go to achieve the K-Hound Award. Not that I’m crazy about getting the award. But since this is my last year doing a whole lot of this RUSA stuff I might as well get that award while I’m at it. Hopefully I’ll have all the miles neatly packed away by the end of July. It’s looking like that is going to happen since 1400 km of those 3600 will be by-by on June 8 (400) and June 20 (1000).
Click on the map below to see the recording of today’s ride at RWGPS.