Subject: RE: August Bike Challenge
Well this thread has been slow this month. I know you said you'd be gone for a week, but it seems like it's been quite a bit longer than that.
The past few days I got a few more miles towards my 100.
On Thursday I went out with the intent of doing my 12.5 mile route, but got about 4 miles into it and decided those clouds looked a bit menacing. I was right! Have you ever seen CaddyShack when Bill Murray was caddying in the rainstorm? That's what I was riding in. My shoes were squishing while I was pedaling, and they never touched the ground. I have to admit though, as hot and humid as it has been, it felt pretty good, and I likely would have enjoyed it if I wasn't worried about my phone
(that was strapped to my arm to track my mileage
) getting damaged.
Friday I changed the handlebar stem on my bike. The old one was pretty stubby, and I am hoping that my getting another inch or two closer to the front axle will allow me to go a bit faster. It seems to have done something because after a 10 mile ride yesterday I had a whole new set of sore leg muscles. My average speed was up a little bit, but I am going to attribute that more to the different route I took. I don't know how I never discovered this one until then. It involves about a mile and a half of riding through neighborhood streets before connecting to the bike trail. Plus it connects just past a hairpin S curve that you darn near need to stop to be able to navigate it.
Anyhow earlier in this thread I gave a number for my mileage that was about 12 miles too much as I added July 31st's ride into the total by mistake. I'm going to blame lack of sleep from the long commute I was pulling during that 2 week job. So my total as of this morning is 64.91 miles. I am hoping to get in a ride today, and if all goes well a second more leisurely one with my daughter.