Habit Hard to Break – May 10th Bicycle Ride

Mild weather continued today making today’s bike ride pleasant. Rain is expected for tomorrow so I may take a break while the rain passes through and the streets dry off. In the meantime today’s east and south route visited the typical major points but I did go on some new streets combined with a different direction. In Walden at Lake Houston the streets offer some options to get to the exit points along Farmingham Road. I wasn’t sure of the exact length for the route but it ended up at 30.52 miles. This brings my weekly total to 124.54 miles, May to 290.2 miles and year to date 2225.87 miles. A couple of other bikers crossed Lake Houston in the opposite direction.

When I started the 16.1 mph east wind slowed me down but when it turned to a tailwind I got my speed up above 20 mph. Scattered clouds changed to overcast during the ride and the temperature ranged 79 to 84. The wind dropped down to 12.7 mph by the time I got back home. My average speed was 15.3 mph with a 30.8 mph max speed according to SportTracks. I am suspicious of that number with RideWithGPS.com and Garmin Connect showing the max speed around 22 to 23 mph. Average cadence was 80.2 RPM.

Riding time was 1:59:52 plus 33:37 time stopped. I think the stopped time is higher than it should be because when I resumed the ride in Huffman I forgot to start the timer function on the Garmin Edge 500 for about half a mile. I wondered if that would show up up as a void in my route but it did not. Normally I don’t stop the timer but sometimes the GPS goes on and off showing the ride resumed and paused. This messes up the data so today I stopped the timer thinking I would remember to turn it back on. It is hard to break a habit. Fortunately I looked down and realized my mistake.

Link to RideWithGPS.com data and route map.

Rick Ankrum

In 1999 I had a burning desire to create a web site focused on Texas bicycling. Over the years this web site has existed many people have visited. As I think of information I need to bicycle I add them to the web site.

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