Me and about 3 dozen other cyclists rode along the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route today, mostly along FM 1960 though I saw of them in Atascocita. I almost got started before 9 am leaving home at 9:01 am for what ended up as a 31.3 mile long ride. It is interesting to see the wide range of bikes other bicyclists choose. Some are decked out in the latest carbon fiber while others choose the less extravagant bikes. One of the last cyclists I saw was Chris from Thursday’s ride in Atascocita. The last three passed me on Kings River Drive as I headed to the finish of my ride. They were stretched out on the aerobars pedaling smoothly up the small incline that I usually get out of the saddle to go up. They stayed seated and I could not see a big change in their pedaling rpm’s. Oh to be younger!
With today’s ride I reached 211 miles for the week and 670 miles for July. That leaves 130 miles to reach my goal for July. Unless the weather or my body get worse I think I will hit my goal. For the year I am at 4,335 miles according to Strava.com. My goal for the year is 6,800 miles and I am ahead of schedule.
An early start puts me in a slightly different weather setting with more humidity, lower temperature (85 starting and 89 at the end). I seemed to sweat more with my wrist bands soaked and gloves too. The 6 mph wind wasn’t enough to cool me much nor dry the perspiration. The sky was mostly cloudy keeping the sun in check.
I make a 5 minute stop at the Huffman Chevron for ice and water for the last 11+ miles to the end of the ride. This was at the 19.0 mile point in the bike ride. Later in Kingwood I stopped at the McDonald’s for more ice and water which I don’t do very often.
Since I reached 200+ miles for the week, tomorrow (Sunday) will be a rest day. Instead of riding I will watch the Astros and the end of the TdF. Monday I will experience withdraw from no more TdF.