Thursday, June 19, 2008

Longest Day Ride

Although the longest day of the year hasn't technically happened yet, we celebrated it this evening by participating in the annual Ten Speed Spokes ride, and importantly, have the free t-shirt to prove it! I really like the graphic on the shirt!

Jeff and I were a lot stronger on this ride last year and you can see the details on my other blog, but we are OK with our effort today, considering where we are at the moment as far as our fitness. Here's the route we did:

And a graph of the elevation and speed. The graph includes a little at the beginning and end that was just getting from the parking lot to the shop and back. The ride itself was 31.15 miles and we did it at 16.5 mph average.

It was like last year with motorcycle cops guiding us and stopping traffic in Newport. That really makes it feel like a special event! I'd like to have done a bit better, but it's not really worth the 'what ifs'. At least we got out there and had a great time!

In general, we are getting out more. This week we've already done 5 days of riding and 112.28 miles. Plus, we are meeting a friend for a 20 mile ride tomorrow! I'm pleased to be seeing an upward trend in my ride stats, or downward, in the case of heart rate :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I've been a neglectful blogger lately, but I'm still here! I had a nice solo ride today despite the heat and humidity. I took a little break by these cows before riding up the last hill to home.

Hopefully it will be a little cooler for the group ride tomorrow. It feels more like August than June weather!