I rode about 42 miles this morning with Tim and Patrick as part of our Gravel Grovel training. It was a road ride, but the idea is general fitness.
I’ve lost a lot of fitness. I really struggled to keep up.
I had an “auspicious” start by oversleeping. I got a text message from Patrick as I was heading out the door asking if I was gonna be there or not. Oops.
I was riding the LHT in “gravel grinder” mode. It’s stripped down with fat tires (700×47), but I did put the rear rack back on. I need the trunk bag for clothing storage in changing temperatures.
Once I arrived at Breadworks, I had to have coffee. Without coffee, I don’t exist. That took some more time. It’s hard to guzzle hot coffee.
I seemed to (mostly) keep up with them on the flats, but as soon as there was climbing, I fell behind. I actually lost track of them at one point in the Mockingbird Valley area. They had made a right turn, I went straight.
We eventually met back up and headed up River Rd to Prospect. Shortly after, Patrick headed for home. Tim and I went for more coffee, then back into town for a bike shop stop. I bought a couple of spare tubes.
I followed Tim home and picked up a saddle for the Big Dummy. I stopped for a beer on the way home.
I had a bunch of housework to do, so that’s what I spent the next few hours doing.
I later had to run an errand out off of Frankfort Ave. I took a long-ish scenic route out. On the way back, I was sure to ride the Beargrass Creek Trail, something I rarely do on solo rides. I was on the Big Dummy with the newly installed saddle. I think the stem I put on it a week or so ago is too short now. I should have adjusted the (old) saddle before buying a new stem. Oh well, live and learn.
I then headed to Cumberland Brews for dinner and beer. Another 14 miles for the day.
It was a pretty good day overall.