Last Saturday was the first of our morning Long Steady Distance rides. Five of us went out.
Led by the always smiling, positive Adele "what headwind?" Grundahl we rode out from the Turvey Centre at 0800 and headed towards Southey. We kept to a fairly constant 25 km/h which seemed pretty easy? After a while I realized that we had a tailwind! Uh Oh....the return ride is going to suck.
It took about two hours to get to Southey, 50 km from the Turvey Centre. It seemed to go by quickly as we chatted back and forth, the pace was relaxed, scenery was pretty, weather perfect.We stopped at the Co-Op to top up our bottles, bathroom break and refreshments. By the way, it's a very nice store there, the staff are always super friendly and the washrooms are clean!.
So...the ride back. Up to now my longest ride this year had been about 75 km so my legs were not looking forward to the return trip. But the wind shifted!! It ended up being a bit of a crosswind. :)
The Southey hill climb is always a bunch of fun but all you do is gear down, relax and just get it done. As Adele explained "It's all downhill from the Tower back to Regina!" Not sure that she wasn't bending the truth just a little bit but it was a fun ride nonetheless.
It took us about 2:20 to return so the wind was not a major factor after all.My legs were tired, bum a little sore, and legs slightly tanned. 100km on the computer.
Long Steady Distance is the key to successful riding. You keep your heart rate low and just get the miles in. Good company is the key and that's what we had last Saturday. So we'll do it again tomorrow and every weekend.
Meet at the Turvey Centre, 0800 Sat May 7.
Choice of distance, 50 km or 100 km Long Steady Distance, 25 km/h average.
Theresa and I will both be going and we hope to see you out there.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.