Fun weekend of riding!
What a great weekend of riding! All told I rode 244 kilometers (151.8 miles): 163.3 kilometers (101.5 miles) on Saturday, and 81 kilometers (50.3 miles) on Sunday.
Even though I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday morning, I decided to do the planned 162 kilometer (100 mile) group ride. Making the choice between doing the ride or staying home and going short was a tough call. I decided that I was feeling well enough to ride and, as it turns out, I made the right call. I felt terrible when we rolled out, but there was lots of cloud cover, and the first 75 miles or so were relatively cool. That really helped. As the ride went on, I felt better and better. I actually finished the ride much stronger than when I started it.
The route we did on Saturday, by the way, is the 2014 Mount Dora Bike Festival Century route. The MDBF century route this year is all new, and I think it’s a huge improvement over the century route that has been used in years past. The route is scenic, the roads are safe/lightly trafficked and most of the roads are in excellent shape. I’ll be marshaling the “A” group at the Mount Dora Bike Festival this year (I might do a couple more rides, too), and I sure hope to see many of you there. Check out the web site for more details on this awesome three day event, and get registered today!
On Sunday my friend Marion, who was part of the Ride Across USA team, and her group, “Anywhere 18+”, was doing a route that started and end pretty close to my house. This group’s motto is as follows:
“Anywhere 18+ was created for cycling friends and guests who want to enjoy the spirit of the ride at a consistent 18 mph average pace. As we tour anywhere through Central Florida each Sunday. These rides are designed to build endurance over speed and faster riders should use them as recovery rides.”
Still not feeling well, and fresh off my century ride the day prior, I thought this would be a great way to get in a relaxed recovery ride with some new folks. Also, a significant portion of the route they were doing was new to me, and I always love riding new roads. I decided to attend.
I rode my bike and met the group about 5 or 6 miles into my ride. The group was super friendly, and we rode at a relaxed pace (I was in Zone 1/Recovery) on some great roads. My favorite new road was Binion, which was winding, scenic and had very little traffic.
Unfortunately about 26 miles in one of the riders had a mechanical that required a trip to the bike shop. We waited, but I had to be back home by 11:00 AM, so after about 25 minutes I had to split. I decided to make it an out and back ride, and went back the way I came (I think I just wanted to ride Binion again, lol). I was feeling good, so I picked up the pace and rode the second half solo at upper Zone 2/Lower Zone 3.
Here are a couple of pictures Marion took (click to enlarge):