Again, I was very sluggish riding. We had a 34 mile ride today, that I’ve done many times, but today, we went counter clockwise. I got about 30 miles in, and just didn’t have another pedal stroke in me. I was wet from head to toe, and it was only about 32 degrees. It may have been the first time that despite the fact that I really enjoy the folks I was cycling with, I was hating the ride. I was about to bonk, and could feel it coming on. I dismounted, squatted and waited. Drank all my water, and one of the rest of the group came back to make sure I was OK. I sent them on. When I’m touring, I won’t have the luxury of a group of friends all the time, and it’s necessary to learn to watch for signs of deterioration, and decide how to best handle each situation. I waited it out….. just about 5 minutes, and I could re-mount the bike, and cycle on through the pre-determined route.
Crappy day. UGH! My saving grace, is that I didn’t cut the ride short, didn’t hold up the group, and was able to re-group and restore my ride at a comfortable albiet much slower pace. Don’t think I was booking prior to that. I was slothfully bringing up the rear today. It may be that I’m in touring mode already, which is a much slower pace. It may just be that I’m out of shape, or not demanding enough of myself every day. In any case, I have gotten 68 miles in 2 days, which does make me happy.
Life is good.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.