Fair Weather Masochist
70 miles. Hills. Unfamiliar roads. Other cyclists. With the LIVESTRONG Challenge looming over me, I knew I needed at least one 50 mile ride before I do the LIVESTRONG ride. I headed out this morning with absolutely no agenda, no timetable, no commitments. I had the whole day to ride if I wanted to. I just needed to see what I could do.
I started in a relaxed manner, and I tried to keep myself relaxed throughout the 3:42:45 I spent on the bike today. I figured this would not only be a good test of my legs and my lungs, but for my chamois padding. I’ve narrowed my choice of biking shorts to two–the Pearl Izumis and the Zoot Tri shorts. The Pearl Izumis have more generous padding. The Zoots have a thin layer of felt–and I’ve come to prefer that to the bulky padding of most cycling shorts.
I wore the Pearl Izumis. I determined by mile 37 that I would not, under any circumstances, be wearing them to the LIVESTRONG Ride. Either that or I need to explore this whole chamois cream arena–unchartered territory for me.
I rode out through South Hadley, Granby and into Belchertown. I picked up Route 202 North which runs along the western side of the Quabbin Reservoir. The road is newly paved and climbs pretty consistently for several miles. I enter Pelham, and finally Shutesbury, then I turned around. Your basic out and back. But it got the job done. 50.5 miles. My legs actually hurt after this one.
Departing temperture: 81 F
Arriving Temperature: 91 F
Ride Category: Endurance check on legs & Lycra