Once a year, July 9th rolls around.
I usually try to get in a ride on the 9th, but
I don't always succeed.
This year, however, I did get to ride my bike, and
It was a good day on the "Bay Leaf - Oxford - Bay Leaf" perm-pop.
0600 start time -- I was perfectly on time.
Despite the heavy overcast, it was still easy to suspect that the solstice has passed.
I timed the light at NC-98 perfectly.
[Since that light is 4.7-miles from the start, and is long red for Six Forks / New Light traffic,
You of course understand that it is impossible to "time" that light on a bike.]
Less traffic on Six Forks / New Light Rd than expected;
I only recall about 3 or 4 vehicles for those 7+ miles.
Maybe another one or two on Bruce Garner Rd.
[Make no mistake, though, there was the usual several parades of southbound traffic;
Southbound is heading into Raleigh.]
I timed the light in Wilton, at the intersection of NC-56 and NC-96 perfectly, and
Rolled through Wilton 70 minutes after starting the ride.
[Wilton is 18.7 miles from the start -- there's no "timing" that light on a bike.]
After crossing the Tar River (bridge at 22.9-miles from the start), and
Climbing back up to the plain,
The route is essentially flat to the Oxford control and back to the Tar River.
[Essentially flat. Ha. Rather humorous when I think of my youth.
Those little bumps would have been hills back then.
It was quite flat where I grew up.
"How flat," you ask?
Here's a link to a RWGPS map;
I grew up at the 6.1-mile mark of that course.
If you zoom in on the on the profile between 5.6 and 6.4 miles,
You'll see at BIG hill -- all of 17 feet high.
THAT was a big hill when I was a kid.]
Nothing of interest or worth noting happened the entire outbound leg.
I "arrived" at the control at 0805, with approx 2h04 in-motion.
I've gotten there faster; I've gotten there slower; I was happy.
I got a 99-cent Powerade and the appropriate receipt,
Chatted a half-minute with the clerk / store-owner, and
Left the control at 0811.
I was pretty sure there would be a bit of a breeze in my face on the inbound / southbound leg.
I was correct.
I settled in to enjoy the still mostly overcast for the last half of the ride.
The only semi-interesting thing that happened on the ride back was that
The sun made an attempt to break through and dissipate the cloud cover.
I was rather glad to see that the clouds thickened up again before I got to Grissom.
[Grissom is approx 12.7-miles before the finish.]
My confuser wasn't working -- I've got to return it to Performance and get something else,
And I wasn't paying attention to my watch.
I was quite surprised when I arrived at the CVS finish control at 1014.
Since I had had to wait for the light in Wilton to change,
I had ridden the return leg, into a slight breeze, with the harder climbs,
In approx 2:02:30 in-motion.
That is, I was a minute-and-a-half faster into the breeze, with harder climbing,
Than I had been going outbound.
It takes me a long time to completely warm up.
[My friend JohnA might suggest that it takes me 80 or 90 miles to fully warm up.]
--> Oxford 104-km perm-pop -->; 77.0 m.; 4h56 in-motion; 15.6 mph.
- pre-ride commute: 5.6 m.; 0h23 in-motion; 14.5 mph.
- - Oxford: 64.7 m.; 4h06:30 in-motion; 15.7 mph; elapsed time: 4h14
- - - post-ride commute: 6.7 m.; 0h27 in-motion; 14.8 mph.
Q-1 tot: _21 rides; _967.6 m; _65h57; 14.7 mph; 1136 RUSA kms.
Q-2 tot: _24 rides; 1954.2 m; 134h57; 14.5 mph; 2573 RUSA kms.
Jul tot: __2 rides; _219.8 m; _14h01; 14.6 mph; _314 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _47 rides; 3141.6 m; 215h56; 14.5 mph; 4023 RUSA kms.
Hmmn -- I must have been feeling pretty good: the commute back was record fast, and I certainly wasn't trying to be fast.