biking - dark blue bike5:45:02 65.17 mi (5:18 / mi) +6145ft4:52 / mi ahr:131 max:156 weight:137.5lbs
Went to another of the "gravel grinder" rides, this one in the southern Berkshires, starting/finishing in Beckett, to benefit a local school's XC and track teams, so another cause I was happy to send a few bucks to.
Beautiful day, beautiful route, many gorgeous vistas, minimal traffic, and a few hills of course. Quite chilly to start, about 45F, so I started with 2.5 shirts, 1.5 pants, and warmer gloves. Felt just right. As it warmed up, stripped off one layer, the now excess clothes fit nicely in my shirt pockets. Just right, temps probably maxed at about 60, couldn't be much nicer.
Ride was supposed to be 60 miles. I added an extra 5 by missing a turn. Suspected as much pretty soon, but just decided to make an adventure out of it. The downhill through Beartown SF turned out to be much longer than it should have. When I finally got back to a bit of civilization, I stopped and pulled out my phone to see where I was, but I wasn't getting enough of a signal.
So just had to use my wits, and they came through. Seemed like I must have been too far left, so I headed up the main valley to the right, and within about three miles I was back on course. And enjoying it all, not pissed in the slightest. :-)
Turns out I'd missed a right turn right at an aid station. Nothing on the cue sheet I was carrying about a right turn. I didn't see any signs (and the rest of the course was well marked), but there were lots of people there and signs might have been hard to see. And I was in and out quickly, didn't notice anyone else leaving while I was there.
Whatever, doesn't matter. A good adventure.
And, with the cool weather, nice to have decent energy right to the end.
biking - dark blue bike3:26:27 39.53 mi (5:13 / mi) +3286ft4:50 / mi ahr:126 max:153 weight:137.5lbs
Longish ride over to the Quabbin. Maybe 25% paved, 25% dirt, 25% old woods roads. Cool day, almost a little chilly. And had a few times when the sun was right in my eyes on the way back. The seasons are changing.
biking - dark blue bike1:47:20 27.68 mi (3:53 / mi) +266ft3:51 / mi ahr:113 max:136 weight:137.5lbs
Warm and humid again, but got out before it got too bad. In the flats, down to Northampton on the east side of the river, back on the west side. Took a small detour to check out the Northampton Rowing Club's facilities, nice spot. I keep imagining being out on the river in a single scull, but it hasn't happened yet. And likely won't ever.
Time for a day off, especially in light of the heat and humidity. Though we are continuing at a very modest pace an effort at a little bit of beautification around the outside of the house. Had some stone work done, now it's a matter of some some planting and general sprucing up. Ordered up a good sized pile of wood chips and a somewhat smaller pile of loam/compost to start the process.
Very slowly making progress, but there is progress. A day like today, doesn't take much for the sweat to come pouring off, and my endurance is not too much.