I know, I know… the blog has been quiet too. They say that for a blog to be successful, you should blog as often as you eat. (I read that in a blog.) Well, I kept it up for a couple of month anyway, but now even my once-a-day goal is pretty well shot. And it’s probably just as well—it takes some of the pressure off. But Brenda is still riding, and the 5,000 mile goal is still on.
This has been a quiet bike-month though. Through the first 2 weeks of the month Brenda had only been out riding 4 times for a grand total of 101 miles. Yikes. Good thing she had those fat weeks in February. We made up for it a little bit last week though. She went out for 42 miles on Thursday, and then we went out Friday for a 75-miler. 75 miles! This was her longest ride ever, and she did great. Traffic in town was a little bit heavier than it is on a typical weekend morning, but by the time we got out of town (headed to Ft. Christmas) traffic lightened up to the usual. It’s so rural out there—there’s no more traffic during the week than there is on the weekend. There was a little bit of wind out of the east—we were riding about 14 mph on the way out there, and then we were flying at 20 mph or so on the way back. All things considered though, it was a great ride. It was just the two of us, and we planned out our stops, and took a bunch of food with us. We stopped at a Barnies coffee shop on the way out, then at about the 35-mile mark we stopped to get a gallon of water (the timing on that turned out to be perfect—we had both just emptied our bottles just a little bit before that.) And then we thought about stopping at a Starbucks on the home stretch, but as we talked about it we realized that there is a Chick-Fil-A right next to that Starbucks. At that point food was winning out over drink, so at the 68-mile mark we turned our bikes right into the Chick-Fil-A drive through and placed our order. (I thought they might give us some grief over having bikes in the drive-through, but they were ok with it.) And nothing tastes better on a long bike ride than real, hot food. Yum.
So in 2 days Brenda got in about 20% more miles than she had the whole previous 2 weeks. She’s probably still a little bit behind for this month, but it’d only be a little bit, and I think overall she’s still in good shape to make the goal. We might have to take this weekend off (have a trip out of town planned) but the weather looks good for the week, so she might be able to get in a fair week in spite of not having the weekend. And this is a 5-Saturday month, so that’s another help. But it’ll be interesting to see if she’ll be able to match last month. It’ll definitely be a come-from-behinder if she does!