While I didn't race on Saturday I did have a full weekend of riding. I had a short day at work on Friday so I got out for a ride in the early afternoon. I took the Evergreen and headed west into the wind. Not sure if it was the wind, the 42mm tires, or just not my day but I was working! I made my way out to Paynesville before heading back. I managed to find some rain on the way but no downpours. Ended with 105 miles.
Saturday I had some stuff to get done at the house but wanted to get a mountain bike ride in as well. A bit before 8 I was out on the Deadwood to spin the legs. I hit up both Plum Creek and the North Loop. I'm still giddy about how much I like riding the Deadwood, such a great bike! After a couple of hours it was back to the house to mow and some other stuff before Jen and I would head to my folks cabin to meet up with the girls.
Sunday I hung out at the cabin till around noon then pushed off on the road bike. If I take the direct route on the Centra Lakes Trail and Wobegon Trail the mileage usually comes in at 104 miles. I wasn't feeling like I wanted to ride the trail so I opted to meander some on the way home. Since Jen and the girls were staying at the cabin one more night I had some time.
It's about 30 miles from the cabin to the trail. I kept going south, past the trail, for another hour. My goal was not to run into I94 once I started to head east, since 94 runs at an angle. I never came to a road heading east until Hwy 55, a bit further south than planned. I took 55 for sometime as once again I couldn't find a road the headed back north. Finally I found a road past Glenwood and battled the headwind a bit. I was starting to get low on water and food so I started to scan the horizon for water towers, etc. Seemingly Pope County and the western half of Stearns County isn't very populated. I was unable to find a resupply point till Meire Grove and that was only a soda machine. About half an hour later I came upon a gas station in New Munich for some much needed water.
I was now back in familiar territory and knew the roads to home. I felt awesome the whole ride but the majority of it was with a pretty stellar tailwind. I ended with 150 miles at a 20.9 average...yep a tail wind.
I had toyed with the idea of getting an hour mtb spin in this morning but slept instead. Maybe this afternoon but Avery has a track meet as well. I really think an easy ride after a bigger ride helps with recovery but sometimes it doesn't always work that way!
Tuesday is the Summer Solstice Century version of TNR. We leave the shop at 4:30, not 5:30. Last year we made it back before darkness. Lots of luck and speed, we'll see what this year brings.
This Sunday is the mountain bike race in town. A lot of work has been done but a lot more is needed. Lots of detail stuff but also trail work. We are shooting for Wednesday but if it rains Thursday. Help if you can!