biking - dark blue bike2:43:27 27.79 mi (5:53 / mi) +3478ft5:16 / mi ahr:124 max:159 weight:136.5lbs
Much better today. In the hills in Leyden, Colrain, and a bit in VT. Pretty as could be and the legs felt fine. Main challenge was managing two sections of unmaintained road, one sharply up and the other sharply down. Did them both OK though it wasn't without a bit of apprehension.
In 27+ miles I think I saw 8 moving cars and 2 motorcycles. Pretty sweet. You still have to ride the dirt roads as if there will be a car coming around every corner.
And, as a sign of the times, most of the time the only trucks I'll see are the UPS and Fed-Ex delivery trucks. Shopping online makes a lot of sense if you live way up in the hills.
biking - dark blue bike4:28:54 44.93 mi (5:59 / mi) +6054ft5:18 / mi ahr:134 max:160 weight:136.5lbs
One of those days when the legs just aren't there.
Exploring a bunch of back roads I'd never been on north of Route 2 and up just into southern Vermont. Actually there was some thinking behind the choice of route, or perhaps "curiosity" would be a better word. The first 14 miles are part of the D2R2 180K route, the last 23 part of the 160K route, and the miles in between just a way of making a loop while staying on the dirt roads on the ridges.
My expectation from looking at the route profile was that the first 14 would be downright hard, and the rest reasonably mellow (not flat, for sure, but not the kind of hills you wonder if you can get up them). And the plan was to go at whatever pace seemed comfortable, no time goal, no one else I was trying to keep up with.
My expectation was part right, part wrong. The first 14 were definitely hard. But then, given how I was feeling, so was pretty much all the rest except for the last 4.
And my plan, well, might as well just forget about it, because after a while there was no such thing as a comfortable pace, nope, not even in first gear.
But everything wasn't awful. No crashes, no flat tires, no getting lost. And most surprising, didn't have to get off the bike at all, not even on Archambo Road, a very short little hill, maybe 200' climb, but wicked steep, and dirt of course. I got up the first part in second gear, thinking I'd be less likely to spin out there than in first, but about halfway I looked up, saw what was left, and decided I might not make it, and so down to first it was. But I kept a good line, avoiding the loose stuff (sand or gravel) best as I good and before I knew it I was up. (On pavement it would have been no big deal, but loose dirt is quite different.)
Right after that little bump came the long slog up Hillman Road, and by the top of that I was definitely toast. But still 30+ miles to go.
biking - dark blue bike2:50:06 33.85 mi (5:02 / mi) +3732ft4:33 / mi ahr:125 max:159 weight:137lbs
Walter called, he and Ceil were heading out shortly, was I interested? Why not, I ride enough by myself. So hustled over to a Conway meeting spot, and then not quite 3 hours of taking whichever road seemed to offer the less traffic (and usually, as part of the package, more hills). And usually "less traffic" really meant no traffic.
Once again, a few spots I'd never been. The country around here is so gorgeous. Just have to get out and enjoy it.
biking - dark blue bike1:57:37 28.37 mi (4:09 / mi) +1627ft3:56 / mi ahr:131 max:158 weight:137lbs
Up to Lake Wyola and then Wendell, all paved, then back via the state forest, maybe 4 miles rather rough dirt.
Hadn't been sure what I felt like doing for today's ride. Finally decided to wait until tomorrow for a good hilly ride, thought I'd go up to Wendell, maybe 1,000' higher but Take It Really Easy, so it would be mostly a rest day.
So that accomplished its purpose of getting me out the door (ie. self-deception). The ride itself was a good steady effort, certainly not taking it easy despite my intentions. We'll see tomorrow whether any harm was done.