30 miles to work
I didn’t have my favorite workout partner this morning because she had to be at work early, so I decided to reacquaint myself with the Madone. Believe it or not, the thing has just been hanging on the garage wall since I got back from Colorado.
As I headed out into the early morning fog, I was marveling at how light and springy the bike felt, but was once again reminded that this bike is definitely the odd duck in terms of a sweet spot for my pedal stroke. On the tandem, I spend 99% of my time in the 39 tooth middle chainring, and the Surly has a single 42 tooth ring, so the Madone’s 50/34 compact double pretty much leaves me cross-chained in terms of where I comfortably spin. I can deal with it, but it does require paying more attention to what chainring/cassette combination I’m using than on the other bikes.
The fog stayed relatively thick until I came up out of Turners. From that point, it was pretty clear, but a little gray and overcast the rest of the ride. As I crested the climb out of Turners, a decent sized doe deer looked at me from the edge of the field, then decided to cross in front of me before bounding away. I just grinned and saluted her as she bounced off.
I stopped a couple of seconds to see what kind of sunrise would materialize while I had a decent view, but it’s glory was pretty short-lived. I can tell already the sunrise is a few minutes later than it was, but the early morning daylight is still good.
I pressed the pace a little bit this morning, ending with an average speed of 18.6 for the first twenty miles, and 16.0 for my morning commute. That averaged out to 17.8 mph over the 30 miles I rode before work. Is it any wonder I was hungry most of the morning?
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