Milestones

Yesterday I rode out with my fellow Sturdy Girls to get lunch at a farmer’s market in Doylestown. The weather was overcast and a touch on the chilly side, a sharp but somewhat refreshing reminder that summer is waning. The ride was about 52 miles and predominately flat, save a really nice, steep hill on Alms House Road and the rollers I decided would be a fine idea to ride on the final 3 miles home.

Strong, sturdy girls (that’s me, third from the left)

A couple milestones occurred on this ride:

1. The realization that 50miles used to be something to train for. Now it’s just a jaunt to get coffee or a sandwich – a leisure weekend ride with friends.

2. My bike computer’s odometer rolled to 701.

 

701 since the first week of April. This is huge!

 

My total for the year thus far is 977.6mi, including rides on Buzzkill (Heavy Bike has been named!) and a rental Scott CR1.

My goal for this year was originally 1,200mi – averaging 100 miles per month – and I’m well on track to meet this goal. I can’t wait to see my odometer roll over 1,000 mi too. I wish I could share with you exactly how awesome riding my bike makes me feel – there’s no rational reason to love it this much.

 

In other news …

I’ve been conversing with the proprietor over at Sip, Clip, And Go Coffee and she’s got me wondering about this madness known as cyclocross. I did a little snooping and it looks like there are quite a few local events being organized for the upcoming season. Hoping to maybe check out a race. One even had a women’s novice ‘cross clinic for the two hours leading up to the race – Free! I would totally go except I don’t have a cyclocross bike and am already riding another event that day. Will need to keep my eyes on the races and check it out before making any decisions on potential investments.

4 thoughts on “Milestones

  1. bgddyjim

    The love of riding that we get to experience seems irrational at first but I’ve come to see it as a blessing. How excellent it is to love to be on a bike. Great post.

  2. BlueRoses

    I’ve been wanting to try cross, but then…the bike ratio of N+1 would become unbalanced. Currently considering a townie sort of bike for commuting…not that I commute anywhere…yet!

    1. I endorse you having as many bikes as you need … regardless of whether it’s balanced!! 😉

      I was just thinking about your Raleigh – I think your gears are friction instead of indexed, which would explain a lot about the gears not working. It’s a fraction of the cost of upgrading to bar shifters to replace them with indexed shifters – you could totally put Ultegras on there if you wanted to.

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