Friday, September 14, 2018

The days grow short

It's getting to be that time of the year where it is difficult to get a ride in after work. The autumnal equinox is almost upon us, so the sun is setting a couple hours earlier than it did in the middle of summer. In June and July it's actually possible to get home from work, have dinner, and then go for a bike ride. Now, if you want to ride you have to plan a late dinner, and also hope that you don't hit a traffic jam on the way home.

I did manage to get out three times this week, for a total of 62 miles. On Sunday we had a team ride from Ada Park. Our small but mighty group took on the hills of Snow Avenue and several other rolling roadways on our way to Saranac and back. 35 miles in total.

Wednesday I got a quick after work ride in. I rode south on the White Pine Trail to the Whitecaps ballpark and then home. 16 miles on that one. Today I got out in the late afternoon and decided to do some more hill work. I rode up the 7 Mile hill and then to the end of 7 Mile, rolling over a few more hills. It was only an 11 mile route but had over 500 feet of elevation gain. That works out to 5,000 feet of climbing on a 100 mile route, which is what we have to look forward to in Santa Fe.

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