I had a pleasant bike ride today. The weather was cloudy but there was very little wind. The temperature was a pleasant 72 degrees. All the energy I stored during several days of non-cycling activity paid off as I tied a personal best pace for a ride over 30 miles. I would have broken the record, but I was plagued by pedestrians over the final two miles and an unending stream of traffic which forced me to wait for a couple of minutes to cross Spriggs Road.
On retrospect, I suppose the traffic did have an end to it, as I am sitting here telling the tale.
The ride featured a new tire for my front wheel. It’s the Bontrager Race Lite which came stock with the Madone. It’s nice to have a growing collection of bike parts littering my garage. At least that’s what I tell my wife, who seems less enthused with the situation than I am. The wheel held up just fine and I even found myself wondering if my suddenly meteoric pace of 18+ mph for much of the ride was the result of a new front tire. I suspect it wasn’t, but it was an interesting thought to ponder.
There were plenty of cyclists enjoying the day, although when I got off the heavily-trafficked Rte 234, things quieted down considerably. I zipped along familiar roads, happy to be out and about.
Toward the end of my ride, I thought about the first time I rode over 30 miles during this iteration of biking bliss (I had ridden farther in my youth, but that was about 20 years ago). I was on my hybrid and the 34.6 mile circuit took me two and a half hours. I finished today’s 35.4 mile ride 30 minutes faster. Here’s hoping I have a similar improvement two years from now.