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First Bike Ride of the Season

Sunday, May 19, 2013

It's Sunday, and a non-running day. This morning the bad foot grumbled a bit. It wasn't that I couldn't do anything, it was just a remark that it would be better not to irritate the foot today. Okay, today is a non-running day anyway.

Got home from church, and it was 80° F (27° C) with sunshine. The possible showers that were forecast were nowhere in evidence. I can't run today, because I need the rest days before my race on Tuesday. The foot might not like a brisk walk. It was a perfect afternoon for a bike ride. Cycling won't bother the foot, I can get some exercise in, and I can carry as much water as I'm likely to need for longer than I'll be out.

I had put air in the tires a couple weeks ago and done a lazy ride to check out the race course, but today would be the first real bike ride of the season. I set off intending to do about 15 miles to downtown and back, but 4 miles into the ride I changed my mind and rode a stretch of the Erie Canal Trail instead of the Genesee River Trail. Took a fairly standard midseason jaunt to Pittsford Landing and back.

RunKeeper reported this as 1:32:15 for 21.66 miles, averaging about 14 mph. That average includes time stopped at lights, slowing down for crossing streets, and some waste time starting, pausing, and stopping the app. The app is kind of educational as to how my bike rides look; speed is variable. The mile splits ranged from 3:27 to 5:31, with the faster splits on the part of the trail where I didn't have to slow down for traffic, stoplights, or gratuitous tight curves that the trail designers seem to love so much.

Another thing I noticed was, 80° F isn't all that warm when your on a bike. Running, I'd expect to be feeling the heat. Biking, I only used one water bottle of the four I took with me. I hadn't paid a lot of attention, but I guess in prior years I hadn't ridden this far until later in the season when it was hotter.

On the fitness front, the ride was pleasant, and I wasn't particularly tired till about a mile from home. In past years, the first time on this route would have been a noticeable effort. I attribute the difference to maintaining a healthy weight (hauling 30 to 50 pounds less with me!) and running keeping my cardiovascular fitness level up during weather when I couldn't bike outside.

I did take time at the midpoint to snap some pictures at Pittsford Landing, just to show a sample of the kind of scenery I got to enjoy:

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    yeah for bike-riding cross-training sessions!! And yeah for bike-riding weather :-)

    I notice my surroundings much more when I bike than when I run - I guess because I don't focus on the work-out as much. It looks beautiful where you are!
    1829 days ago
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  • DALID414
    Beautiful scenery.
    1831 days ago
    Looks like we flip-flopped days as my bike ride was yesterday and my long and slow run today. Although, my race pace is slower than your slow runs... LOL. My biking is also slower than yours, but then biking with the babes is as much social as it is exercise, a nice mixture.

    Love the canal shots, made me remember how pretty Holmes Lake was this morning, all filled in from yesterday's rain, and with overcast skies keeping it from being too warm pre-9 a.m.

    Rest well... and have a great race come Tuesday! emoticon
    1831 days ago
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