After running at lunch yesterday and last night’s 20 mile headwind challenge, when I left the house this morning I could immediately tell that my knee was going to bother me the entire ride….and it did.
The wind was still there from the southeast, so my standard morning route out to Logan Rogersville High School was a little tougher than normal, but the trip back in was a breeze (pun intended).
There is something special about an early morning ride that I just don’t experience at other times. I think it is the peace and quiet. Nothing out there but you and the bike on great asphalt. When you feel it, there is no greater rush. Fortunately, the trip back from the school was such a trip. Add to that the brilliance of the sun this morning as it peaked above the horizon, and I can’t really think of anything else I’d have rather been doing.
I had staged my work clothes and groceries in the locker room, so I didn’t need to swing by and get them as I passed the house. That resulted in about 3 less miles on the computer than I normally expect to have when I do that ride before commuting.
The rack I ordered should be here Monday. If it fits the bike and is usable, it should prevent my having to plan so far ahead and stage clothes the days I drive. Yesterday kind of messed me up since I had staged two days supply, then got rained out of a morning ride. Now I’ve got half a day’s food left and a complete pair of clothes for next week.
At one point, the front derailleur wouldn’t shift down off the big ring, then I found it wouldn’t shift to the small ring at all. Had the same problem a while ago and resolved it w/ a little silicone spray on the derailleur. I suspect it’s crudded up again from getting a little wet on Tuesday. I may just need to replace the cable and clean it all up good. Note to self….try not to forget to look at it this weekend.
Mileage so far is about 25.5, with another 7.5 to pick up on the way home.