Early on, perhaps on Patterson Rd, enjoying my ride much,
I wondered WHY have I not been doing more of this?
Enjoying the ride, I found myself recalling my Carolina Godiva running friend Tom Fowler.
I haven't been a "runner" since the mid or late 1990's, but
I recall one defining comment that Tom made while we were running along one day.
Tom wondered when those that only did training runs actually enjoyed one of their runs,
'Cuz as he noted, all his most fun and enjoyable runs were just runs, not training, not races.
For me, cycling is much the same.
I don't do training rides,
Although I suppose I do have training moments from time to time.
"Hot intervals" that might last 20 miles.
Spin up some climbs; pound my way up others in too big a gear.
Mostly, I just ride.
Easy gear(s) with relatively high cadence felt fast most of the ride.
I backed off the effort on most climbs.
I don't recall any special efforts on Victory Ch / Kemp Rd with its five climbs.
I don't recall any of the usually hard part of Stagville Rd up to Bahama.
I do recall a slight feeling of anxiety on the decline from Bahama to Michie Lake.
I don't recall feeling anxious on that descent since the first time I rode it, probably in 2007.
Seemingly no effort on Bahama Rd climbing the "Michie Wall."
I think I popped the several climbs on Ellis Chapel Rd, and
Recall only glimpsing the bird-house-gourds but no other scenes on that road.
I recall preparing myself to make a couple special efforts on Roberts Chapel Rd,
But the climbs caused no struggling.
The winding climb on Sam Moss Hayes Rd, which often knocks me back,
I was at the top before I realized I had been climbing.
Lawrence Rd, Ghoston Rd, Peed Rd, Mt Vernon Church Rd, all with seemingly no effort.
The only climb on the day that was a bit difficult was the short, steep one on Moss Hayes Rd.
I can sorta' pop that if I make a concerted effort.
I put in the effort, but I was in the wrong gear(s),
So I ended up spinning / grinding the top half, but
Even so, the effort did not empty me.
|LARGE box turtle rescued on Red Mill Rd. Too big / contentious to pick up; I herded it out of the busy traffic lane. It appeared to be moving QUICKLY away from the road when I rode away.|
|Firehouse in Bahama just before the decline to Lake Michie. Poor quality photo; oh, well, it was an idea.|
The in-motion pace was not all that special,
65.9-miles in 4h31 resulting in 14.6-mph while in-motion, but
That does qualify as my sixth fastest in-motion ride this year.
AND made at least the sixth consecutive enjoyable ride.
Amazing what doing more than just two or three rides a month can do.
One last "line":
The official RUSA elapsed time of 4h45 was the quickest circuit of Bahama Beach,
Regardless the variant of the 'free-route' ridden,
Since September 2014.
Not bad for my birthday present to myself.
[106 kms for 103 credit for 61st birthday.]