biking - dark blue bike1:35:58 11.05 mi (8:41 / mi) +1118ft7:56 / mi ahr:114 max:143 weight:137.5lbs
In mountain bike mode. With Walter and Ceil from here -- N Mt., Sugar, detour to the caves, to the gate, detour to C. Pond, down to the river, up Gunn, down N. Mt. Lots of stops, excellent company, fine outing.
biking - dark blue bike1:35:08 23.52 mi (4:03 / mi) +1016ft3:53 / mi ahr:132 max:163 weight:138.5lbs
A lot of rain overnight and this morning, but it stopped mid-afternoon and shortly thereafter I was out the door. Roads were wet, of course, but not much in the way of puddles. But it was chilly, about 50F and a northerly breeze about 10 mph. Felt raw. Dressed mostly OK, though even with full gloves on my hands were getting a little chilly towards the end.
Very pleasant. No plan (as to pace, I did have a route in mind), just went as the spirit moved me, sometimes hard, sometimes easy. Started with the wind, ended with the wind, but in between...
biking - dark blue bike2:00:36 29.04 mi (4:09 / mi) +595ft4:04 / mi ahr:117 max:152 weight:138lbs
Up to Turners Falls with several stops along the river to check for wildlife, back via Deerfield, included a couple sections of dirt road that was muddy but not bad. Pleasant ride, took my camera and binoculars along, but rarely had use for the latter and never the former.
biking - dark blue bike58:29 14.78 mi (3:57 / mi) +518ft3:50 / mi ahr:130 max:161 weight:138.5lbs
Forecast was for rain and thunderstorms but warm, but the plan was still to try to get a ride in, just to start getting used to riding when it's wet. At some point the rain stopped. I got changed real quickly and out the door before I lost my resolve.
Everything was still wet, but it was warm, low 70s, windy out of the south about 15-20 mph. Hard to tell from the radar how much time I had before the next storm arrived. So I figured I'd go around the block a few times, not get too far from home. Ideally 10 times around the block, that would be about 15 miles, plenty.
Since the north side of the block was Claybrook Rd, a short hill but with a steep section in the second half, that meant, ideally, 10 times up it. Not so sure about that. But I did want to try riding the steep section out of the saddle. I've been trying to ride out of the saddle more, but my staying power is so pathetic -- the heart rate jumps up 10 or 20 beats or more, and within 30-45 seconds it time to sit back down. But you're supposed to keep practicing, right?
First time up, essentially no warm-up so I tried to really pace myself, got up all the steep section standing, top in 2:58, not breathing too hard, heart rate in the low 140s. Excellent. Cruised around the rest of the block.
Second time up, must have worked harder, breathing harder, 2:50, heart rate in the low 150s. Also excellent.
Third time up, felt like I was working a little harder, still standing the steep part, 2:50 again, heart rate now about 160. And I thought for a moment as I started to coast down, shit, I don't want to do 10 of these, it's already a successful workout. I looked up at the sky, it didn't look too dark. So I headed off to the south.
Into the wind, but through the woods in a number of places, so only really bad just as I was getting to the turnaround. But then, all the way back north on 47, mostly out in the open farm fields, strong wind at my back...
Didn't even notice that by then it was raining pretty hard. :-)
biking - dark blue bike1:36:54 25.57 mi (3:47 / mi) +245ft3:45 / mi ahr:123 max:147 weight:140lbs
About as flat as it gets. Down to Northampton on the west side of the river, back on the east side. Even took the rail trail bridge (dead flat), thereby skipping the Coolidge Bridge hill. Though the motivation was taking a safer route through N'ton, skipping all but a little bit of Damon Road (no shoulders, potholes, heavy traffic).
At one point I thought I was hallucinating, must be something wrong, in N'ton and new pavement, but then I realized it was probably state maintenance that was fixing that part of US Rt. 5. Quite happy to enjoy it regardless.
Felt like I was putting out a good effort, not that the heart rate would indicate such. My guess is that if I'd pushed it just a bit harder then the heart would have been going a good bit faster. As it was, no heavy breathing, but the legs and the butt were certainly ready to quit when I got home (actually, they were ready a few miles earlier).
But we're supposed to get some wet weather this week, not sure how much I'll get out, so figured I needed to do more than just a minimal amount today.
Or maybe I should just learn to like riding in the rain?