biking - dark blue bike1:25:06 18.54 mi (4:35 / mi) +1163ft4:20 / mi ahr:127 max:154 weight:140lbs
Mid-40s, NW 10-20. Even though it was sunny it felt cold, mainly I should have put warmer gloves on. Thought I'd avoid some of the wind by heading into the hills, this time to the east of the valley, up to Shutesbury. Still caught it some but not so bad.
The first 10 miles or so were on dirt, pretty nice, even though the downhills are interesting, trying to avoid the potholes (or what ever a small depression in the dirt is called). Successful most of the time, but not aways, that's when it pays to have a little less pressure in the tires. I think they probably about 40 now, haven't checked for a while.
As is usually the case, glad I got out. A nap was beckoning...
biking - dark blue bike1:10:58 15.18 mi (4:40 / mi) +697ft4:29 / mi ahr:120 max:153
A nice ride in the vicinity of Mt. Tom. No particular sense of urgency other than putting out a decent effort up the hill from Lake Bray. Nice day, spent a lot of time out walking, both before and after the ride.
biking - dark blue bike1:23:30 19.07 mi (4:23 / mi) +585ft4:15 / mi ahr:109 max:129
Well, that was not the best ride. About halfway around the loop I was planning, and with home 9 or 10 miles away no matter which way I went, I started feeling quite feeble. Best as I could tell, low blood sugar. At which point I remembered that I had forgotten to eat lunch. Hmmm.
I had some money with me, always do, but no place to spend it, which I suppose is one of the joys of the back roads around here. Over the next few miles, as I geared down and then geared down some more, I considered various scenarios of getting a little sugar in my system -- at which house would I knock on the door and ask for something sweet, and how would that conversation go?
Meanwhile I kept turning the pedals over. It wasn't a cold day, but I was getting chilly because I wasn't generating any heat. I spent some time thinking about some day being found someplace, some hours after something dire happened, and how that would be a perfectly fine way to go.
But the miles passed, and the couple of small hills do, as they tend to do if you just keep moving. And at some point I picked up a little energy -- is low blood sugar self-correcting? -- and the last 3 or 4 miles were much less a struggle. And, of course, eventually I was home.
And the first order of business, for sure, was food.
I think an energy bar needs to take up residence in my saddle bag, joining the few dollar bills already there. Wouldn't be a bad idea.
biking - dark blue bike1:34:44 23.33 mi (4:04 / mi) +675ft3:57 / mi ahr:126 max:155 weight:140lbs
Upper 40s, N 5-10, bright sunshine. Not too hard to take, even had the gloves off for a while in the middle.
At some point yesterday evening I was thinking about how short my staying power is when I stand on the pedals, seems I run out of gas very quickly, and I was wondering if I was breathing enough. Thought I would try to concentrate on breathing today, if I could remember to do so. Well, I did and I did (remember/concentrate).
Not sure it helped -- it wasn't like I suddenly felt like I could ride standing up for a long time. I'm pretty sure it didn't hurt. More experimentation is needed.
I remember many decades ago when I did some swimming. I'd never done much swimming before that, and it seemed one lap would do me in. But before long I figured out that breathing mattered, and pretty soon I could just keep going, standard workout was a mile. Wouldn't have thought it was possible.