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Today I rode my  Fox Lake Loop route.

21.87 miles in 1 hour 28 mins.

14.85 mph avg speed.

34.78 mph max speed.

551m (1870 feet) of climbing, according to Sanoodi.

Chased by 3 dogs.

The ride was great.  This was my first ride not on the bike path this year, and it felt truly awesome.  I’ve done this route serveral times last year, so I am very familiar with it.  I have to say that while this is only my 7th ride of the year, I felt stronger on this ride than I have in the past.  I was able to go a bit faster, and muscle over some of the hills in a harder gear.  I only had to use the 32 tooth cog once, and that was on the last hill of the day.  I’m really excited that some of the conditioning that I’ve been doing over the winter seems to have had some effect.  It’s really encouraging that I’m in decent shape this early in the spring, and I don’t think I’ll have much trouble doing the 45 mile leg of the Tour de Forest on Saturday.  Now to lose the 10 pounds I gained back from last summer, and I’ll be flying.

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Today’s ride

Lunchtime ride Baker to Peden to E. State street turnaround
8.55 miles
27.5 minutes
18.5 mph average speed

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Today’s ride

Baker to Strouds Run
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Rode to Strouds this morning.  15.33 miles in 60 minutes.Lots of rollers and a couple of good hills. Half mile climb out of Strouds is fun.

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Saturday Road Ride

On Saturday I was able to get a quick ride in on the road bike. I started at home and road my usual route to campus.  I then road uptown on Richland and down Court St., up to Congress, then down to West Union.  I took West Union to Elliotsville, and then took the back way home.  I had to rest for about 15 minutes at the corner of Dairy Barn and N. Blackburn before attempting the hill up N. Blackburn.  Round trip was about 11 miles.  Finished in about an 1:15.

This was my first real road ride on the road bike.  I’ve been on several longer rides on the Bike Path, but I hadn’t yet done anything with hills.  This route really tests the legs, and I am happy to report I was able to get up all the hills, despite the fact that the road bike doesn’t have a triple chainring.  The bike needs a tuneup in a bad way.  Both wheels are pretty badly out of true, and the breaks need adjusting and squeak terribly.  I’m doing a tuneup pretty soon, as well as adding a different handlebar and brake setup.  The vintage ones are nice, but the randonneur bars hurt my arms and shoulders after a while.

The temp was in the high forties to low fifties.  I was wearing my Pearl Izumi tights, my Pearl Izumi shirt, and my jersey on top.  My feet got a little cool, but otherwise I stayed very comfortable.

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