Sunday, July 22, 2012
I got to ride with my team today(Saturday). A couple of them have trying to get me to ride on the Dismal Swamp Trail for some time, and I finally made it down there. The Dismal Swamp Trail is a section of the old US highway 17 that connects Southeast Virginia with North Carolina. It is a two lane highway that is 8.5 miles long with a turn around at the end. All that room to ride with no cars to deal with! Woot Woot!! Four of us took off at about 8 AM. We kept a 18 mph pace for the entire loop! Well, the other three riders had other things to do and left after the first lap, so I decided to take another lap solo. I thought that my pace would drop without riding in the group, but it didn't. I was passing everything in sight. I even had the pleasure of passing two carbon fiber riders, one of which was locked into his aero bars. Rolled past them at about 21 mph. That's always fun to do as a 270 pound rider on a 35 pound touring bike.
I finished with 33.92 miles at 17.84 mph. The fast paced intervals are paying off, I am actually getting faster. I still can't get over how much fun the trail is. A 17 mile loop with no cars. I thought I was in heaven.