Harley returns; Beautiful ride yesterday morning.
Yesterday’s work day was certainly busy, but was not nearly as bad as I expected. I suspect that the only reason for that is because things are still ramping up. Also, now I’ve jinxed myself.
On a much brighter note, yesterday morning my friend Mike Simmons brought his dog Harley over for another extended visit! We are dog-sitting Mrs. Harley for a few days, and Lisa and I are loving it. Last night after work I sat down on the couch, and Harley jumped up into my lap, racking the living hell out of me. I’m a little out of practice when it comes to protecting my junk from puppy paws. Thanks for the reminder, Harley. 🙂
I took it easy on yesterday’s 56 kilometer (35 mile ride), putting out a fairly relaxed Zone 2 (Endurance) effort: average 200 watts, 31.54 km/h (19.6 mi/h) average speed, 139 BPM average heart rate. I started early, so the air temperature was relatively cool, but the humidity was off the charts. My sunglasses kept fogging up at traffic lights. For this morning’s ride I’m going to break out the Quick Spit, which works awesome to prevent sunglasses from fogging.
Thanks to the easy pace, I was able to relax and enjoy the scenery. I also didn’t have my earbuds in yesterday, so I was feeling very connected to my surroundings.
At one point I heard cows mooing, and when I looked to the east I noticed a beautiful scene. The light was catching the morning mist just so, and the cows were relaxed and calm as they fed. I had to stop my bike and go back for a closer look. I wish I’d had my DSLR with me, but I had to settle for camera phone photos (click to enlarge):
I really enjoy riding some of the less-traveled rural roads around here. While Florida has a bad reputation for cycling safety (and it deserves it), there really are some beautiful places to ride. Lake county, in particular, has some very nice places to ride.
And, on that note, I need to get pedaling. I’m bracing myself for a long, long day at the office…