Back in The Saddle

I got a call from The Good Doctor last night at about 9:00 asking if I was up for a ride – yeah! His back still hurts but biking isn’t the cause so he still wanted to go.

I told him about how I discovered that my bike had mechanical issues that were making me go slow. I don’t know if I wrote about this or not but the last 3 times I rode with him I was killing myself and only averaging 13 – 13.5 mph. It was making me crazy.

When we met up this morning just about the first thing he said was “slow down! I can see the difference” Woo hoo! I felt great and rode well.

He went short because he wants to take it easy on the back so I went on and did the normal loop which is about 23 miles. I tried to ride well but was not going all out or at race pace for most of it. I did, occasionally, pump it up but mostly I was just enjoying the morning.

I got home and looked at the Garmin – 15.8 mph average. PRAISE THE LORD! Seriously. My race day goal is 16 mph and I feel like there is some chance I can do that. Phew!

I do so hate to blame the bike for poor performance but when that turns out to be the case it is such a relief. I also have the advantage of having spent 2 weeks riding on a bike that had some resistance to rolling. This has turned out to be a good thing. A very good thing, indeed.

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8 Responses to Back in The Saddle

  1. Molly says:

    Woohoo! That’s awesome! I too am hoping/praying for 16mph and would be thrilled if I can do it. It’s hard to believe it’s so close now 🙂

  2. swtrigal says:

    What were the mechanical issues? I want some so I can go faster..
    🙂

  3. runner susan says:

    which garmin do you use?

  4. fe-lady says:

    Think of all the strength training you were building with that rolling resisitance! Yipes! Almost 16 mph…SWEEEET!

  5. waddler26.6 says:

    Great job on the ride. Sweet average!

  6. Isela says:

    Great average! I was for the first time ever able to do 16mph avg–it was over my last century (Yeah, I could hardly believe it).

    Please tell us what mechanical problems did your bike have…maybe mine has some ;)…wishing and hoping.

  7. jeanne says:

    well this time it WAS the bike’s fault! so def blame the bike! great time! i’m sure my bike must have the brakes permanently ON..yeah, that’s what’s slowing ME down….

  8. Glad your bike is back to normal and you had a good ride!

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