Scenes from the road
Hey, I actually rode OUTSIDE today!! Whoooo-hoooo!! I didn’t dismount the Specialized from the trainer, but dragged my beater mountain bike out for a spin along a familiar route. This is about an hour long and takes me through back-roads of Granby, MA. I didn’t venture off-road–with the several inches (feet?) of snow that has all but melted to nothing over the past 2 days has left the earth rather sloppy. So I stuck to pavement and took in the scenery. Far better than the trainer.
I got to try out some Christmas gifts too: The Pearl Izumi UltraSensor ThermaFleece Cycling Tights I got from Mom (I cannot believe she actually bought these for me, but I am so thrilled she did) kept me snug as a bug in the 43 degree weather. I wore my new Craft base layer shirt and my Bike Nashbar Jersey I picked up last fall. I still do not have a cycling jacket–but I didn’t need one today it was so nice outside. I also lack a skull cap, but the ear warmers worked just fine.
So, here are my stats: 14.25 miles, avg speed 13.3 mph, 1:04:29. A couple of stops for photos, but otherwise uninterrupted. I really just enjoyed this ride. I am (as of this posting) ranked 10 in the Massachusetts Category in bikejournal for total mileage this year. out of 325 riders. I’m going to try and stay in the top ten for as long as possible, although I know my time constraints won’t keep me there for long. But I tend to be a little competitive, so it will be interesting to see how long I hold on 🙂 –See you out there, Karen