Even though everyone was ahead and waiting I had to
stop to take a couple of pictures of the Champlain Bridge.
You can see how overcast it was.
Saturday I had a humbling bike ride. I rode with 6 people and they were all way ahead of me the entire ride. It did push me and I had a great ride too but I was amazed at their speed. My friend, C, was one of them so obviously she holds back when she rides with me. We ended up doing 50 miles and it was the first time since I broke my wrist I hit that number. I had gotten close last week but not there. (I actually rode a mile around the parking lot when I got to my car to hit this! Does anyone else do that? C's husband was doing the same thing.) The day was overcast which was great because it wasn't too hot. When we started it was about 50 degrees but we quickly warmed up. We took a route that I have taken before although not always all of it and in fact we missed a small portion yesterday.
My speedy friends on top of the bridge.
It's hills that I need to work on as that is when I would really lose them. I was pleased with my pace overall esp. for 50 miles. (14.2) One of the women who went (who has only been cycling this year) was going over Lincoln Gap today and coming back over App. Gap. These are two major gaps in our area and she had also done this last week. The back side of Lincoln Gap has a grade of 26%. I was in awe.
We rode into Crown Point Historical Site to have a snack. This is looking
back at the bridge from there. I was thrilled because I saw a car
from South Dakota. Yes, I am still playing that game. I have 3 more
Oh yes, there is a story with this.
As I was turning on to the bridge from our stop C yelled something which made me think I needed to be somewhere else. This is where I tend to get in trouble. Before I knew what was happening I was falling - clipped in - and not unclipping. I did think enough to lean my body into the fall and not put my hand out. It was like I was falling in slow motion. My side has a tiny ache in it today but other than this scraped knee I was completely fine. Thank Goodness! I will tell you it scared me in the short amount of time before I knew it was fine. I rode the rest of the way - probably around 20 miles with no problem whatsoever.
I didn't come home so humbled that I am putting away my bike shoes for the winter. I actually came home completely juiced to get out there and do another long ride. I spent the evening pouring through my bike books looking for a route that is about 50 miles I can do next Saturday.
The women on yesterday's ride are off to the seacoast for a century which I declined to do. I don't think I am ready but will get there another year. I found a few different routes although the one I picked out may be one I should save to do with friends. I need to get after my husband to get a new bike so he will want to go more with me. Some of the routes I am looking at would really appeal to him. I showed him a 35 mile one and he agreed he would like to try it as a lot of it goes along Lake Champlain in the northern part of the state.
Tomorrow I am heading to Sand Road which is fairly flat and a place I like to work on my speed. I'll see what I can pull out. It is the best looking day weather wise of the next few coming up. C is going with me if she can leave work in time.
Coming into the finish a few years ago.
On another note I have been thinking about a September race. There is a race next weekend that I did once and liked. It's a 10 K and it goes along my beloved bike path for a fair amount of it. The only thing is I certainly wouldn't be tapering as I am heading off on my bike again on Saturday. Later I realized that I have done a September race - that would the last triathlon I did in NH. That counts!