|For those having trouble with the metaphor...|
|And for those having trouble with the units (it was a photo of John's thermometer)...|
But the crew that gathered at Ride Studio Cafe for the ride at 10AM this morning was not to be deterred by mere cold temperatures. The place was packed with eager cyclists when I arrived. Henry and Geoff again graciously agreed to serve as super-domestiques for the fast riders.
There is a big storm predicted to arrive in the western suburbs overnight tonight with a chance of measurable snow (shovelable snow). It looks to start as snow and change to heavy rain in the area of the ride. I asked if anyone there was planning to ride on Thursday and I got one raised hand! I'll ride over (likely with studded tires) and if anyone wants to ride really slowly with me, I can keep them company! Stay tuned to see who is crazy enough tomorrow...
But back to today:
|James and Geoff inside the warm cafe|
|Outside the warm cafe, just before the start, looking quite chipper|
A large crowd of fast riders headed out first.
Then, I had a little company join me for the moderate paced ride, the fun group in RSC parlance. James and Katie rode out into Carlisle before turning back on the short route. Marc and Scott joined me for the full ride, including lunch at Fihlo's Cucina.
|Scott riding past a frozen lake in Groton|
|I needed more calories after my butternut squash soup!|
|Marc, riding past a frozen lake in Chelmsford|
It did not disappoint today. I was a bit worried there might be icy patches from yesterday's snow, but we only had one section of frozen runoff on the way out to Groton. But not knowing for sure what lay ahead, I showed some caution on Lost Lake, not taking full advantage of the roller coaster. I also had a belly full of butternut squash soup and zabagione, so I was also trying to ride at digestive pace - that is a pace well below the VOPuke threshold, so one can digest lunch, rather than taste it twice.
I think I may also be getting a bit tired, although I'll get no sympathy from John, who did manage to sneak away from work today for about 50kms. It isn't just the 350kms I've ridden so far in the challenge. I think it has something to do with the almost 29,000 kms I have ridden this year (well trained or well and truly over-trained). As such I am looking forward to some snow tomorrow that might enable me to take it a bit easy. We'll see...
BTW, I pushed darkness a bit on my way home after the ride, but the reward was a Festive 500 watt display!