biking - red bike4:38:36 62.02 mi (4:30 / mi) +4797ft4:11 / mi ahr:141 max:163 weight:137.5lbs
Nice ride mostly in CT, little bit in MA, in the vicinity of where I-84 is. Lots and lots of hills. I went here last year, did the 40+ mile version, so thought I should see the whole route this time.
Had a nice time. A good bit slower than last year, but that's nothing new.
And had an interesting chat afterward with a guy parked next to me, maybe 35-40. He'd cut the ride short, just didn't have it today. And as we talked a bit, turned out he had born with very flat feet, no arches at all, and he'd undergone quite an operation about 18 months ago that created a arch for one of his feet. The other foot will be done sometime in the next year.
The details of the operation, well, it's amazing what they do in medicine these days.
biking - red bike31:44 5.71 mi (5:33 / mi) +618ft5:02 / mi ahr:122 max:162 weight:137.5lbs
Curious as to whether I could go up Sugarloaf slowly enough to make it relatively easy. Pretty much failed, meaning I could have (and meant to) go a good bit slower, like maybe 12 minutes going up instead of the 10:34 it took. And the pulse was supposed to stay under 150. Rest of the very short ride was leisurely.
Did succeed on one thing, got home about 30 seconds before it started to pour.
biking - red bike2:25:02 33.57 mi (4:19 / mi) +2013ft4:05 / mi ahr:129 max:159 weight:137.5lbs
Miller's Falls, Wendell, Shutesbury, Leverett. Took the dirt road on the east side of Lake Wyola to see if I could manage the climb. Still had something in reserve, but the traction was good. Not sure how I would have managed if it had been sandy or more gravel.
Regardless, a good route choice because about halfway up a bear popped out of the woods not far in front of me. This one looked fully grown. Reached for my camera (ie. phone), but it wasn't lingering, disappeared down an old woods road. By the time I got there I could barely see it, and it was moving pretty quickly. Certainly no photos to be had.
Rest of the route was fine. Easy pace much of the time, a little more effort on the two hills (hard to avoid), and then working harder the last few miles. And it was a beautiful morning.