I’ve been on a roll. Since summer I’ve had 14 uninterrupted weeks of success where I either broke even weighing in at the end of the week or came in lower. This week was no exception even though I pushed it up a day to compensate for Thursday being the ‘eating-holiday-to-end-all-eating-holidays’. For the most part I did well. I ignored the potatoes and biscuits and most starchy things, but treated myself to real desserts. I also made an effort to get out every day this weekend on the bike, even if some days were just a trip to the store or 20 minutes rolling around Bel Air on the folder. To cap off the weekend I wanted to get out for a real ride, burn some calories, and also push myself to see just how well my training has been going. I took the opportunity to plan myself a proper route and build a cue sheet again Saturday night.
I had planned to leave the house pre-dawn. I woke up at 5:45am with a raging headache, so I put plans temporarily on hold while I made breakfast and a cup of coffee. After being up for a few minutes I burned through the fog in my head well enough to move out only a little behind schedule. I did a quick loop of the neighborhood as a final test for my legs and headed up towards the trail through Timonium. My first stop for the day was to grab an Egg & Cheese sandwich at the Bagel Works on Ashland Rd. and take off up the trail. My on-road sections for this ride were probably even faster than my posted averages because once I hit the trail I really slowed down for all the runners and dog walkers. I also took some time to just enjoy the view at the rest stop where I ate my bagel 5 miles up the road.
I pulled away from my rest stop only 1+ miles or so shy of Corbett Rd.. After warming up, I got back to pavement and it was ‘all business’ where I pushed myself as hard as I could. Most of the remainder of this route was stolen from Bob’s ‘4 Reservoirs Tour‘. The only difference is I kept going on Seminary to the Falls Rd. intersection where I went south. I could modify the route a little to start at the Druid Hill Conservatory and call it the ‘2 Reservoirs Tour’ when my plaigeristic tendencies flare up again.
Safe in my own zip code again I had a little extra energy to spare so I did 1 or 2 diversions up hills on side streets and headed home to get on with the day. I felt good throughout the ride and only noticed being tired about 2 hours afterwards. 14.3 mph moving average on a 50+ mile route with 4k of climbing is just fine with me. A nice ride and a good workout on a beautiful day was just what I needed to end the weekend right and get me back on track for (hopefully) another good week.
Numbers: time on bike – 3:44’49” | miles – 53.49 | moving avg – 14.3 | overall avg – 13.0 | elev gain – 4110′
Data: Garmin Data