It was hard to not be on the bike for 2 weeks, but there was no good way to easily get my bike to Germany with us as we went on vacation, and it didn’t seem practical to rent a random road bike and toodle around a foreign city while having no cell service. It wound up being VERY hot (102 on one day!), so biking was definitely out of the question, aside from a quick trip to the grocery store. I love how bike-friendly Europe is!
I got back on Saturday and made a point of going out for a ride on Sunday. The weather was wonderfully cool and overcast, and it felt great to be out on the road. Sunday morning in the summer is a great time to be out and about in Boston — people walking dogs, biking, going kayaking, etc.
I used the search function of Ride with GPS to find a route of 25-35 miles that started within 5 miles of my house. I found a 30-mile route that went through Brookline, Newton, and Needham, to the edge of Dover. In Newton Highlands, I stopped at the Bread & Chocolate cafe for a piece of quiche the size of my head. (Still working to adequately take in calories before a ride…)
- High: Seeing other bikers out and about and feeling like one of them.
- Low: Feeling like I was running low on calories, despite GUs and a fruit/nut bar.
- Glow: My new gloves and attention to hand position and core engagement helped prevent my hand from going numb!
Dare I try for 50 miles this weekend??