Let the record show that my total mileage for the season topped 2,000 miles at the end of today’s ride. Although it’s not much to most experienced cyclists, it’s about twice as much as I hoped to do when I started last April. I planned my ride so I would reach the mark as I pedaled up my home street. I enjoyed a small victory ride up my street, then returned to reality at the end of my driveway by checking to see if the mail had arrived.
Truth be told, reaching this mark wasn’t terribly difficult. It was more a matter of consistently “showing up” and putting in a ride – once a week in the short/cold days of late and more often during the longer and warmer days of summer. In April, I thought 1,000 miles for the year would be a nice goal. It makes me wonder what I’ll be shooting for a year from now.
For fun, I plotted a 2,000 mile route westward from my home in Woodbridge, VA. I ended up in Byrnes Crossing, Wyoming!
Today’s ride was the coldest of the year for me. I tried two new items: a military-issue balaclava and some plastic wrap around my feet. The wrap (or “cling film” as the folks in England call it) actually worked quite well. Thanks to Brian in UK for the tip! The balaclava was less successful. It kept me warm but it was very difficult to draw breath through the material when I was working hard. I was thus faced with a choice: warm face and reduced oxygen or plenty of oxygen and cold face. I tended to alternate.