So, after my trail experience on Saturday, I went on a casual group ride Sunday. – maybe 8 people, all road bikes.
The weather in Michigan has decided to do a 180° turn and went from shit to sunshine in no time and I am so happy. While I was in shorts yesterday, I decided to get all out and do short sleeves. My road bike (which I named Brownie) was so happy, it had felt a little neglected since I started training for Barry-Roubaix. It was absolutely beautiful — and I realized why I am a roadie and not a dirtbag. Riding a road bike is so quiet, the slick skinny tires basically make no noise at all versus the constant whirling sound of the knobbie mountain bike tires. In most cases I can go faster even if it is just downhill. Sunday’s top speed was 35.7 mph (57.5 kmh) with an average of 14.9 mph (24 kmh) and this was on a route with little elevation. I knocked out about 33 miles, and I could feel them – especially after Saturday with a 4.5 mile run and a 26 mile ride.
Anyway, while I am usually not to fearful, mountain biking is just more dangerous and you are much more prone to breaking something. Hey, I am 42 – osteoporosis is knocking at my door any day now and I don’t wanna break a hip falling of my bike in the sand.
It also reminded me that when I bought my bike helmet, I bought it under the assumption that I will be riding the recreational trail at a max of 20 mph (which seemed incredibly fast) so my white helmet with baby blue accents is just not appropriate for competitive cycling and road racing. Lucky me, I had received an email that members of the race team (ie. yours truly) can get team helmets (ie. red/white/black) from our sponsoring local bike shop (LBS) for half price. They offered three price levels, I took the middle one and will soon protect my valuable brain with this beautiful Specialized S3 on the right.
Yesterday was running day again, hills – ugh. That came out to around 4 miles, good enough. I wish we’d go farther, and while I prefer hills over speed work, I would prefer to just run. Yes, I know those serve a purpose to get you stronger, but blargh. The good thing was, since I officially declared it summer, I was running in shorts and a t-shirt which always makes running so much more pleasant.
For today, the weather is amazing again. They project a high of 77°F (25°C)!!! That’s right – Michigan in mid March! I went into work a little early so I can cut out early and I am planning a nice long ride through the lovely afternoon sun, about 35 miles. I guess I am back to loving Michigan, though I shouldn’t complain because we had the best winter ever!
And for you all, keep moving! It’s good for your body and for your soul.