Well, we did it! We got out and rode the tandem this morning.
Pam and I decided last night that we would start our usual summertime morning tandem rides today. We’re still not sure whether we’ll move to Tuesday/Thursday and ride instead of doing boot camp those days or just do one morning ride a week and keep going to boot camp. Because Pam has to be at work earlier on Monday and Friday, we’re limited to riding Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I’m torn both ways…I enjoy the boot camp, but I also love the morning rides with my wife! What’s a guy to do?
It was still plenty dark when we left the house, but I had moved my Serfas headlight from the commuter to the tandem and it provided enough light to get us through the scary dark road down over Pearson Creek. Once we got through that section, we were enough out in the open that there was plenty of light in spite of the cloud cover. As usual, we were to our turnaround point at Logan Rogersville High school before it got light enough to see the bike computers. The one drawback to riding in the dark like that is that I tend to hold back a little on the speed until I have better visibility. If you look at our split times for the course, we always go faster on the way home than we do on the first half.
I could tell from the burning in my quads that we hadn’t done that in a while! I’m in pretty good shape from riding, running, and boot camp, but nearly all of my riding has been in 10 mile increments and hardly any of it on the tandem so it will take a few days to get into real riding condition.
We arrived at home with exactly 20 miles on the bike and a 15.4 mph average speed over the hilly course. That’s far from a good time for this ride, but considering it’s about our 3rd tandem ride since last fall, I’m not going to complain.
When I jumped on the mountain bike for my commute in to work, I was immediately struck by how slow and inefficient it was compared to the tandem, so I think I’ve strengthened my resolve to move the rack back over to my Giant and commute on that at least for the summer.