biking - dark blue bike1:23:00 21.59 mi (3:51 / mi) +1038ft3:41 / mi ahr:126 max:165 weight:139lbs
Montague Center, Cave Hill, North Amherst. Low 70s, S10, caught some rain for about 20 minutes while I was in the hills, but not enough to be unpleasant. And certainly had a nice tailwind the last few miles.
It seems like a good percentage of my rides have some sort of purpose, with the possibilities including:
-- just get out and do it because when it's over you'll be glad you did.
-- go as easy as possible because you're tired (but it's too nice out to just skip the day).
-- go someplace I haven't been, or rarely go.
-- go for more than the usual distance/duration.
-- do something hard (steep/rough/long), just to see if you can do it.
-- go as hard as you can, just to see what you can do.
-- do a certain section (or sections) as hard as you can, with the rest at a lesser effort.
I suppose many of these could be called "competitive" goals, but at the most they are just competitive with myself. Because I am, and there's no avoiding it, really slow. :-)
But being competitive just with myself is rather nice. I don't have to worry that my bike may be a bit of a clunker. I don't have to worry about who else is going to show up. I just do my thing.
But I do like to know how I'm doing.
There's a website, Strava, I've looked at it a bit over the years. These days I look at it a bit more, because it has these things called segments, where it figures out what your data are -- time, speed, heart rate, watts, distance, climb -- and then shows you how you stack up against others. It's rather interesting. I assume the data are somewhat accurate. They certainly are plenty accurate enough for me, because all I'm looking for is entertainment.
The data certainly confirms that I am really slow. On most climbs I will be about twice the best time. That is just the reality, so no reason to get depressed about it since, after all, I'm 73 and still out doing this stuff.
On the positive side, I have not yet seen a segment where I am dead last. Pretty good. Got to take pleasure where you can.
And more seriously, it gives me little targets to occasionally test myself against. And that is not a bad thing.
So today it was the north side of Cave Hill. Best time before today was 6:54. Today was 6:22. Am I supposed to feel bad because the best time is 3:10? Because I don't. I'm actually feeling quite delighted. :-)
Gears (just so I remember), all in big chain ring: started in 5th, changed to 4th before long, changed to 3rd on the steeper bit before the crossroads, kept that the rest of the way, though that took some effort. Equivalent to 8th/7th/6th in the small chain ring. I think last time I'd used 5th in the small ring all the way, so this was clearly better. Better meaning that I could push a bigger gear at an OK cadence.