|Trace The Mitten|
To I went out on my touring bike to ride the Macomb Orchard Trail. It was a beautiful day with sun, 70 degrees and a light wind. I had a couple of hours and I was in the mood. It is an 8 mile ride through the township to reach the trail.
I felt good right from the start. My tour bike has a cycle computer and this motivated me because I could see that I was riding faster than normal. This was just the second ride with this bike this calendar year. I really do not know my condition after the winter training.
I did not predetermine where I would turn around.. I would just see how I feel. When I got to the 5 mile mark on the trail and saw that I had be gone a little over an hour going about 12,5 mph. I was feeling good and thought I had plenty in the tank, but I knew that I would end up going about 10 miles further than any previous ride this year.
The rest of the ride felt great even hitting the wind more. Both halves were consistence and I always strive for that. I moved from the big chain ring to the middle and spun at a higher RPM the last 3 miles. When I got off the bike at home I could really feel my legs walking and that is why I say, " I will be sore."
This reminds me that I am not ready to head out the door on a big tour. I need to build up my weekly mileage gradually. They suggest increase by no more than 10% to reduce the possibility of injury.