My wife and I headed out with our closest friends, Diane and Adam, Matt and Mike yesterday morning. A cool start to the day, arm and knee warmers were a necessity at 7 am.
While Mrs. Bgddy cut out early on Saturday and I stuck in for the full 61-1/2 miles (Carla and I actually added on four miles so we could make it more than 60), she hung in all day yesterday. So yesterday’s ride was two long rides in a row. Today will make three, a full 100k. For my wife, the bigger story of the two, that’ll be almost 12o miles in two days – a huge leap for her.
Saturday’s ride was good, just shy of 19 mph average, but yesterday’s was a little better. I’ve been able to spend a ton of time up front and while that changed a little with Adam and Diane on their tandem, Mike and I did spend quite a bit of time up front, either talking with them or directly creating a draft for the tandem. Tandems are funny that way. A single bike doesn’t create enough of a hole for a tandem. Not only that, because tandems are tougher to accelerate it’s really tough to hold a decent wheel. Add a second bike though, and as long as those two understand tandems, together they punch enough of a hole in the air for the tandem to get a good draft.
We ended up with just under 57-3/4 miles. After a great brunch and a nap, my wife and I played a game outside with the kids. Then we had a water gun fight followed by a massive grilled pork steak, green bean, spinach salad and noodle salad dinner.
Follow that up with a cup of coffee and I’m on the couch watching the Tour… I can really feel it in my legs. While I’m not exactly hurting, I can feel the miles… and I’ve got a 100k tomorrow and the club ride to look forward to on Tuesday.
All told, that’ll be 220 miles, give or take, in four days.
This is a great warm-up for DALMAC, just two months away, and while I am feeling it a bit, I’m definitely happy with how I’m handling all of the miles. Of course, I’m ecstatic that I’m able to do all of this in the first place.