Ride the Temperature

Don posted to the bike racing group that he wanted to have a “ride the temperature” ride on New Year’s Day, and of course I said I’d do it. This means we would meet somewhere and ride as many miles as there were Fahrenheit degrees on the thermometer at the start. So I met Don at the park in “downtown” Pocahontas at 8, and it was about 30 degrees out — we then rode to North Elementary, where people were supposed to meet us. Joel called to wimp out — nobody else showed. Not surprising, as a) it’s New Year’s morning and b) there was a 20 mph NW wind and c) it’s a little below freezing.

I wound up doing 42 miles. Don started in Jackson, so I think his total was close to 60. We took a number of roads back around Egypt Mills in the woods — lots of hills, but the trees should screen the wind a bit. I was dying. I’ve been riding pretty slowly ever since being in the hospital last summer, and Don is trying to stay in racing shape, so he was dropping me on every hill. He was nice about it, but I think I may not be the ideal training partner for him these days. He wants to place in the category 5 bike races. I want to ride through the U.P. with Cabell.

Anyway, it wasn’t bad, and at least I started the year with a ride. Here we are just after climbing the big hill on highway Y.

New Year's Ride the Temperature Ride

3 Responses to “Ride the Temperature”

  1. Don says:

    Allen,
    Had a great time.

  2. Reno says:

    Great way to start the year!

    I started it by driving to Portland, 600 miles in just under 10 hours.

    Let me know if/when you’re going to bike across the UP — that’s my old turf! I’d love to read about the trip and see pictures. Also, I may be able to hook you up with a place to stay here or there.

  3. Allen says:

    Don — Glad you weren’t too impatient with the old(er) guy.

    Reno — I will definitely keep in touch about plans for this. It’s pretty vague at the moment.

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