Unfortunately, being at the eastern edge of the Metro means it’s a rather urban ride to get there.
I met Tim for coffee to start our trip. Within ten miles I was feeling weak. I considered bailing on the ride. Tim cajoled me, and we continued. I tried to keep my whining to a minimum.
Once we arrived and rode some of the paths, we took a short excursion on foot through the brush to enjoy a view of the creek.
We looped around and headed to the southern end of the finished section of path. There’s a fence up, but I figured we’d get around that, and check out the new construction. Unfortunately, a park ranger was there (on his bike), locking the gate.
We eventually headed back, and again I struggled on every hill. At one point Tim told me he couldn’t ride back at 10 mph, but that 13 mph would be okay. We almost immediately came to a hill that brought me to 6 mph. Ugh. I was not strong today.
Tim didn’t leave me far behind, so I struggled on. Eventually, once back on the busier roads, my speed went back up (adrenaline from traffic?). We finished up the ride with another coffee.
I got 45 miles in, but never felt like a cyclist today. Some days are good, some are not. I’m still glad I got out and exercised. I’ve been using Google Fit on my phone recently. It thought I was walking for 70 minutes of today’s ride due to my slow pace. Yikes.
My wife met me at The Post, a local pizza place, where I had a sandwich and iced tea to drink. It was difficult to not order a beer.
Now that I’ve showered, I’m finding all of the sore spots from today’s ride. Ugh, again.