LOG: May 8, 2020
Departure Time: 12:00 P.M.
Location: Cary, North Carolina USA
Temperature: 66 degrees Fahrenheit/19 C
Wind: 18 mph/29 kph
Despite the plus of being a bit cooler than an average eastern North Carolina May eighth and the minus of winds blowing a bit harder than they usually do, today I set out to cycle 20+ miles/32+ Km on my “Go Fast Race Bike.” For “real” cyclists 20 miles is a pretty mundane distance but for me it, being my longest ride of 2020, represents a bit of a stretch. Since the goal was distance rather than speed I gathered my self restraint and vowed a mighty oath to keep my cycling computer set strictly on current speed and trip distance. Any information regarding time elapsed and average speed would be recorded but hidden from view until I switched screens on my little electronic speedometer-odometer.
Tires pumped and kitted up in contrasting neon colors, I switched on my day time bright head and taillights with their attention grabbing, life saving, Flash Gordon patterns and set out solo to ride like, er, into the wind. I was going to do this thing.
My route was a seat-of-the-pants, highly irregular loop that took my up and down twisting, turning, dipping and climbing residential, tertiary and secondary streets with which I have familiarized myself in the 28 months I’ve lived in Cary. I both knew where I was and what my goal was at all times, I just wasn’t sure what my ticking odometer would read when I returned home.
Glancing down at my odometer I saw 15 miles/24 Km and felt good. Physically fresh and mentally optimistic I thought 25 miles/40 Km would provide a good early May benchmark. Unfortunately my optimism began to evaporate by the time I hit 18 miles and by 20 miles I knew my enthusiasm was premature. I took a turn and when I came to a stop and dismounted my bike at the top of my driveway my odometer read 22.5 mile/ 36.2 Km
Once stopped I checked my time and average speed, proud that I’d resisted the niggling temptation to do so for the last 15 minutes. The timer read 1:31:49 while speed was 14.7 mph, slower than my hoped for 15 mph but also 12% farther than my minimal “long” distance goal.
At least I have a benchmark.
Keep moving, keep riding and keep your head up.