In stark contrast to last week’s chilly ride, by the time I got to the meeting place at 8:20, I and the rest of the Eagles were sweating. None of the potential C riders I knew were there, so I planned to ride with the B group. Luckily or unluckily, several riders expressed concerns about the heat and wanted to ride the equally tough but somewhat shorter ride of the C group. So, as a group of four men, we were off. One of the women in the B group almost came with us, but her triathlon training required her to do a bit more distance. She is an encouraging rider and a friendly person, so I was a little disappointed by the turn of events.
I have ridden this route several times this year, but this time parts of it were in reverse. We did a clockwise route instead of a counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise) route–at least for part of it. I have to admit, it is nice to see things from the opposite perspective.
There were some minor hills, but we cleared them in the first half of the ride. The last half was spent racing at a higher than average speed on some lovely flat sections that skirted a canal and wound through farm country. It is at times like those that I wish I had already bought the Sony action cam that I have been lusting after for the past year….someday.
The ride has left me tired, but not exhausted. The summer of riding is definitely showing health and fitness benefits. I should be able to summon up enough energy to root for the Fighting Irish this afternoon.