I had thought I was going to ride 30 or so miles today. I didn't do the ride I was thinking about as it was around 50 miles and it's been awhile since I went that distance. But then Cathy texted and she was heading out. I couldn't resist even though I had a million things to do today. There are not going to be that many wonderful days left in this biking season.
We ended up biking 65 miles which is actually the farthest I have gone at one time. This year I had not gone beyond 50 miles. Last year one ride was 64 so when we finished today I made sure to reach at least 65. I was surprised at how good I felt at the end of it. I was tired but by no means dead.
We almost did a loop but ended up repeating about 3 miles. It was the prettiest 3 miles of the ride so no complaints. I did a fair amount of standing up going up hills. This has never worked for me but today it seemed to click. Why did I start doing better at this after racing season? I felt like our pace today was good but not exhausting. I know Cathy could have gone much faster without me and I appreciated her holding back.
All of these pictures are near Lake Dunmore which is where I did my second triathlon - the one I trained right there for. It is a great lake and a beautiful spot. It was really nice riding around it today as there weren't a million people and the roads were empty except for other bicyclists.