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Not Done Yet – 60 Miles of Joy


August 2014

Mike, Adam and Diane (on Adam’s awesome Cannondale tandem) and I did 60 miles this morning in just over three hours and it was good. We broke a road rule and rode three abreast for the majority of the ride (only when traffic wasn’t present), at least until the tandem team decided to pick up the pace at miles 37 and 38 where they upped the tempo to 23 and 24 mph respectively – at that point Mike and I simply tucked in behind and held on.

I felt strong for the first 45 miles but I started fading so we stopped in at a gas station at my request and I picked up a Coke and a Snickers (if you want to go fast, you need sugar). I felt quite excellent after that and the rest ticked away easily.

Mike and the tandem left me at mile 55 for home and I kicked out the last five alone.

No bonking, no worries about wanting to quit – and this was after volunteering at the Crim running race again yesterday. I won’t say that I’m back to July’s form, which was spectacular, but I’m getting there.

Oh, and if a 60 mile bike ride wasn’t cool enough (it is), my phone didn’t ring once on the ride. It’s all good.


  1. Chris N. says:

    Simple ride updates like this are pretty motivational. I should give it a try sometime!

    Maybe post some pictures of the ride in the future?

    • bgddyjim says:

      I have to be in exceptional form with a bit of a group to take photos during a ride… The folks I ride with hammer pretty hard so I’ve gotta be able to latch back on when I pull the phone out to take a pic or two. Thanks.

      • Chris N. says:

        True. Safety first. For me, I’ve learned that mashing all the time prevents you from enjoying the scenery that we sometimes need to take in and appreciate.

      • bgddyjim says:

        I agree, this is why I ride once or twice a week with my wife – so I can enjoy the scenery every now and again. On the other hand, I can’t deny my inner speed demon either. I love the speed, absolutely love it.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Great to read your blog – enjoyed. Have you commented on car bike racks?I bought a cf bike and my hitch mounted hanging Thule rack that worked with my old steel bike isn’t going to work now. I am looking at the hitch mounted, tray type, secured by wheels, nothing touching frame. Any experience or thoughts on models? Some of the bike forums were commenting in the Raxter brand as highly recommended – as opposed to the standard Thule and Yakima brands. Looking to protect my investment with the right hitch rack for the long trips on the back of the car.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Hi Rebecca, as a matter of fact, I have. You heard right – carbon fiber frames aren’t structurally sound hanging by the top tube. Too much stress in the wrong spot.

      For that reason, I bought a Saris Freedom 4 and it is awesome. It loads, all 4 bikes, in minutes.

  3. hi says:

    You mean i wont be able to find a bargain priced ‘Venge’ on Craigslist 😦

    Happy you are getting your mojo back.

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