I wish every day could be Friday! In more ways than one!
Since Pam has to be at work early on Fridays, I’ve been reserving that morning for a 20 mile single ride before grabbing my bag to head to work. It’s a time when I can get out and work as hard as I want to (or am able to) or take it as easy as I want as long as I don’t make myself late for work.
As I left the driveway this morning I wished I had grabbed my arm warmers. It was 58 degrees by my back patio thermometer, but my shoes were still damp from getting wet yesterday and I didn’t have any gloves on. I was hoping for a nice sunrise, but the day dawned absolutely clear, which doesn’t usually lend itself to good color in the sky. I did stop and grab a couple of pics, but they weren’t anything spectacular…..
As I got down to the river, I started encountering patches of fog. Nothing bad enough to make me feel unsafe, and it did help add a little interest to the sunrise. Interestingly enough, the patchy fog continued the entire time I was east of the river, but pretty much disappeared when I crossed back to the west side. I don’t know if it was all about timing, or if it was just foggier over there. I do know that the first time I noticed the sun fully above the horizon was just after I crossed the bridge on my way home.
I decided to ride part of the normal High School route backward today, so I climbed up the back side or Turners on the way out, then circled around on the way back in to go down what I consider the front side by the store. Doing that may have added enough mileage that I ended up with closer to 30 miles this morning than 29, but since I didn’t reset my computer I don’t know for sure.
I’ll end the week with somewhere around 152 miles, which is considerably less than last week. I could really tell the difference today…I felt strong and it was fun to push kind of hard most of the ride. There are a lot of days that I really enjoy just going out and hammering. I’m probably not as fast as I feel, but when you get off the bike at the end of the ride knowing you’ve given a good effort there is a great sense of satisfaction.
Oh…On my way home last night, I was amused by this:
They were actually mixing up some kind of milk smoothy and giving away samples, but I initially didn’t want to take the time to get one. As I was riding across Glenstone empty handed, I pretty much changed my mind and was kicking myself for not taking advantage of one of the few distractions I’ve had during my commutes this summer.