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An Almost Perfect Weekend for a Bike Ride.

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Friday proved unwise for a ride. We got a little too much snow on Thursday. Throughout the day, though, the clouds broke and the sun warmed the roads enough to melt everything off. Saturday was good for riding – a little cold, mind you, but good enough… 29 (-1C) at the start and 37 (3C) when we pulled into the driveway with 35 miles (56 km).

Sunday was marginally better for temperature but with the better temp came the dreaded wind out of the northeast. Really, it was much worse.  I’d have preferred the colder temp – and it got worse as we went. We started out into a northeasterly wind but shortly before we turned back for home, for what should have been our blessed cross tailwind push, the wind shifted to dead east. We ate wind the entire 39 miles (63 km) and our 17.3 mph average (28 km/h) was proof enough that something wasn’t right. On the plus side, we were all smoked when we pulled into my driveway.  I don’t think any of us had an easy go of it.

In all, a 167 mile week with one day off and only one day on the trainer, it was a great week.  149 on the road, this early, is something to cheer about – especially when one factors in the “feel good” aspect of outdoor cycling.  While the trainer may burn a few calories and allow one to keep most of their fitness, it can’t compare to riding outdoors and the fantastic feeling of joy one gets on completing a ride.

Sadly, it’s back into the freezer for us after today.  We’ve got snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday…

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12 Comments

  1. It was much better this past weekend on my side of the big lake. Saturday was sunny with a fairly significant wind, in the upper 30s when I pushed off at around 9 AM. The roads (yes, ROADS) were dry, the wind tolerable in the open areas. 32 miles, 16.8 mph average for me, which wasn’t bad for my first outdoor road ride of the year. Yesterday, since we had dry weather after Wednesday, the trails were mostly dry, so it was a good day to just go out and enjoy some singletrack. It’s cloudy and windy today, but I am hoping for dry weather after work and a short spin.

  2. Heh heh.. yeah, I am subjecting myself to the road a little more this year. The mountain bike ride the next day was necessary to reestablish my manhood….

  3. lampenj says:

    Almost the opposite for us on the west side of the state – yesterday was awesome for riding outside as we could ride into the wind on the way out (away from the water) and with the wind back. Just like we like to. 🙂 You’ll see a new post coming (hopefully) about what I took out there yesterday – it was awesome! 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      Can’t wait for that post, brother…

      Sadly, for us, we can’t head east – east is Flint and there’s just no good route around it that isn’t ridiculously busy. We can start out in Goodrich (about five miles east of Grand Blanc), but we don’t like having to drive to a bike ride, if you know what I mean.

  4. Paula says:

    Just curious… have you thought about using Zwift? (And forgive me if you’ve actually mentioned it before… my old age and all)

    • bgddyjim says:

      I have mentioned it… not at present. Two smart trainers is too much cheddar when I’m happy just putting my time in. It goes deeper, but that’s all I’m willing to fess up to for now.

  5. Wondering why so many miles? What do you see and think about? Which are you with? I like contemplating the larger questions, quality not quantity, related and not so related topics.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I like both, quality and quantity. I ride mostly with friends so there’s a lot of joking around and laughter. There’s food and family and good times. As 40 miles is, in July that’ll be an easy day. We average 60-70 miles each weekend day, culminating in a 4-day 385 mile trip from Lansing to Mackinaw City, Michigan. It’s all good times, man.

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