Monday ~ August 26, 2013

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Hot day yesterday (Sunday) but since it had been over a week since my last ride I felt compelled to ride today.  The problem is I get in my head the rides I use to do when I was a lot thinner and in much better shape.  I get where I want to go but then comes the realization I have to get home.  🙂

The image above is of a small pond that sits adjacent one of the bike paths I was on today.  I only rode the path for a little while and then back on the streets.

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I divide my ride into five-mile increments.  I usually stop for a drink of water every 5 miles and a brief rest period (actually getting off the bike for 5 minutes every 10 miles.)  This unflattering self-image was at the 10 mile break.  I was hotter than hot and found a shade tree where there was also a nice breeze.

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The wind was a factor in the ride today.  I have no idea how fast it was blowing but these flags are sticking pretty much straight out.  It was one of those days where it seemed no matter which direction I was going it was either directly into the wind or at a quartering angle.

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I realize that this temperature reading on the bike odometer is not all that accurate.  It bounced between 98 and 102 the entire ride.  It felt that hot though and there was a heat advisory issued after I got started with my ride.  I always check my phone at the 10 mile break and saw there was a heat advisory issued.  🙂

Ride Details:  18.7 miles ridden | Ride time 1:09:08 | 29.1 mph highest speed achieved | 10.3 mph average speed.  Not very impressive numbers.  The route I took today had two major hills on it and that accounted for the lower average speed.  It also accounted for the fatigue factor.

Enjoy your next ride.

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