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Bonus Bike Ride Today - 12 miles, and best speed yet!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hubby is off with a friend of his today, and my friend was unable to visit. So I hopped on my bike to get some extra miles and cardio in. I've done 3 round-trip bicycle commutes this year so far - 7 miles one way, with an 8-hour break for work in between:). I wasn't sure how far I would ride today - I plan to bike commute again on Wednesday, and want to be conservative in increasing my weekly mileage.

I felt good at 4 and 5 miles, but was getting a bit winded and leg-sore by mile 6. Getting to mile 7 would have involved a bridge over a highway, which I just didn't feel like doing today. So, I turned around at mile 6, and took my break in the shade under an overpass.I brought a lightweight tarp and some reading material, and ate my apple while resting.

My average speed was 12.6 mph on the outbound leg, which is by far my best speed so far this year. The ride home is always a little harder, but even with the headwind my average speed for the entire ride was 12.2 mph - still my best speed of the year. I had just enough water with me to finish the ride; next time I'll remember to bring a third bottle.

This week's training plan: Bike to work on Wednesday, plus a 14 mile round-trip with 30 minute rest next weekend.
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