So it’s official, I rode our entire bike trail yesterday, and a little doubling back, for a total of 26.6 miles, with an average speed of around 12 mph the first half when I rode with friends, and a solid 14.4 MPH on my way home on my own.
That’s right folks, just because I was alone didn’t mean I slacked off, and I have the charts to prove it! Don’t believe me? Check out my Strava Profile!
Today was a comfortable 7 mile each way commute to work, bouncing between 14.8 and 15.1 mph round trip, of course with a 9 hour workday in the middle! My goal this week is to ride a full 7 days, at least a little bit every single day. Even if I do plan to go somewhere else after work, I will at least be riding to and from work, then grabbing the car at home and leaving to visit folks or do whatever. Hopefully that’ll be at least 14 miles a day, up to 28 miles per day if I take the long way to/home work. Who knows, maybe I can get 100 miles in 7 days 🙂
This morning was a “long way” kind of a morning. The fog was so thick I could not see across the river, I had to remove my sunglasses because water was beading up on them so heavily, and I watched while drops of moisture dropped down my helmet. I rode with my husband and one of our coworkers, meeting up just outside of our neighborhood on the Sioux Falls area Bike Trail at 8:10AM and rode 16 1/2 miles around the Northern trek of the trails. At times, my cadence was perfectly timed with my heart rate and respiratory rate, peddle peddle peddle-breathe….peddle peddle peddle-breathe… with the mist sinking into my skin, keeping me cool even as my muscles warmed up. I rode up a hill steep enough to give me time to reconsider taking it at least twice, through a group of geese socializing on the middle of the trail, and into the parking lot at work by 9:25AM. My helmet was soaked, as were my gloves and hoodie, but it was an exhilarating ride.
Every time I ride my bicycle, I am amazed at how far I can go. Now, no matter how tired I am or how long of a day I’ve had, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I can ride either way home successfully, or either way to work and know I will make it there, eventually.
Today I will ride at least 20 miles total, as the shortest route home is still 7.3 miles, and burn at a minimum 700 calories. My heart may not agree with the decisions I make while I’m climbing the numerous hills on my way to or from work, but it beats with elation when I manage to make it to my destination.
Sometimes, it pays to take the long way.