Last week I was successful in climbing into the saddle each day. It was a good week for commuting for the three days I was in the office. I was out sick on Wednesday, but by the end of day, felt well enough to ride a couple miles. On Friday was at a conference, but hit the fitness room at the hotel for 45 minutes on the stationary bike. I capped the week off with two great rides this past weekend.
On Saturday, I rode almost twice as far as I had all year. I went 39.35 miles in just under 2-3/4 hours with a couple of decent climbs. The day was cooler than predicted and overcast. I let the bike decide where to go, and by the first 1/2 mile had already gone a different direction than I was thinking I would when I saddled up. From Waunakee, I ended up riding through Cross Plains to County Hwy S back to Madison. Heading south of of Cross Plains on Cty P was the first big (relative to the any others to date this year) was ahead. When I reached the top, I was smiling from ear to ear. Felt GREAT to conquer the hill. After coming back down the other side, I turned to head east to Madison. I wasn't sure where I'd come into town, but I knew I'd get there. Just over 6 miles later, I arrived at the strip malls and mega-churches. I turned north and let the tailwind push back to Waunakee.
On Sunday, the air had warmed into the upper 70s but the wind had kicked up from the S-SW. Of the almost 27 miles I rode, about 11 were into the wind and only 7 had it at my back. And at 6'1", 225, my body acts like a sail when I have a tailwind, but a parachute when riding into it. This explains why my average speed was under 15 for the ride.
On another note, THE #BIKESCHOOL JERSEYS ARE HERE! THE #BIKESCHOOL JERSEYS ARE HERE!
Groucho Sports. The jerseys can be ordered here if you are interested. This is really exciting to see my vision come to life as a jersey. And it's for a great cause! Part of the profits go to the World Bicycle Relief. A $114 donation was made just from the pre-order.
At some point soon (I hope), the Loving The Bike jersey and shorts will be on sale. And a third design may see the light of day too. This one for #30DaysOfBiking.
Anyway, this coming Saturday is the Feed the Need ride in SW WI to raise money for food pantries in that part of the state. I signed up for the 75 kilometer (about 46.6 mi) ride. Having just done almost 40 a couple days ago, I am more confident about this ride. Though I did look at the profile today, and there are four Cat-5 hills to climb. But, I'd rather have hills to climb than wind to cut through. Hopefully the weather will be better than what is currently in the forecast - overnight low of 24, high of 44, with some... SNOW! Not sure I'll be showing off the #bikeschool jersey. But I'll be wearing it.
Have an incredible week! Thanks for reading. Comments welcome.