So today turned out a little different than I expected. It started out really drizzly and cloudy. I sat in a mist/sprinkle with a pretty cold breeze watching my son's first tackle football game this morning. As we drove home, the rain seemed to increase. I thought "There went my plan for an afternoon bike ride." But like they say "If you don't like the weather in Missouri, just way a few hours." The clouds remained, but by late afternoon, the rain appeared to be gone. I haven't rode much in cool weather yet so I wasn't exactly sure what to wear. It was 59° and still pretty "wet" so I opted to pull my black capris (bday gift) over my bike shorts, leave on my long sleeve tee and pull on my husband's red sweatshirt over that. He told me I'd be hot 2 miles in and he was generally correct, but not crazy hot - but duly noting it for next time.
I wanted a "long ride", but didn't want to worry about cars so I opted to head towards my "normal" route in the industrial area near my house. I just decided I'd add whatever extra loops and stubs to make it "long". I also wanted to push my speed a little more so I really tried to focus on peddling at a higher cadence in harder gears. I felt like I was going faster than normal. I only dropped into easier gears to get up the hills (3). Home to Militia, back to loop around Scholastic, back to Militia (and up to the interchange - first hill to kick my butt), back to Shamrock (up to quarry road), back around Scholastic and up to the interchange again, back to the quarry road and one last Scholastic loop before heading up Algoa (last and longest hill), into Wakoda and back home. I was feeling like a rock star and curious to figure out how long it took me (no watch - another issue) and how far I went.
Map My Ride says it was about 16.3 miles, but the climbing isn't right because they don't recognize the interchange (it is comparatively new) in their topography. I was disappointed to see it took me about 1:26 - avg pace just over 11 mph. WTF? I felt like I was pushing the speed as much as I could and was sure with all that time in basically flat terrain I'd do better. I only stopped for like 10 seconds to stretch my right hip (cramping) just before finishing the last hill. I only drank when I was going downhill and still peddling. I'm annoyed. I know my bike is part of the issue, but really? Is 11-12 mph the top speed for it? UGH!
I stretched a little when I got home, but obviously not enough as I started to tighten up while at the computer mapping the ride. Holy cow was the soreness coming on strong. So I went outside to walk it off (kids and husband were outside anyway). Will definitely feel this one tonight/tomorrow. Will pop a couple ibuprofen before bed.
Will probably try to do some kind of benchmark ride early next week to better track progress. I know that 16 miles used to scare the living crap out of me so I guess I should be happy that it doesn't so much anymore. Will try running/walking again tomorrow evening.