Two weekends ago, I attempted Valley Forge Park again. The first time, the hills defeated me after about 10 miles. The second time, I was able to ride for 2 hours, which, should have covered somewhere north of 800 feet of hills and, at my normal average speed, around 20 miles. Unfortunately, I forgot my phone at home when I left for the ride, so I had no way to track my distance, speed, or elevation change. Whatever it was, it was a personal best for me, but the lack of statistics tends to diminish the brag factor.
After this weekend, I can officially say that I have broken the 20 mile mark! Kristen and I started our ride on the Schuylkill River Trail, then crossed the river into Valley Forge Park, and came back. The River Trail is relatively flat and I felt pretty fresh, still, going into the park. Those hills in the park, though…they’re tough, and I could feel myself fading. Once we were back on the flat River Trail, I was fine again. The conclusion is that hills are my nemesis. At this point, I feel like I could easily do 28 miles on a flat course. Unfortunately, Kristen tells me the terrain in Lancaster, PA is similar to that in Valley Forge Park. Grrr. I can only hope that frequent stops for yummy treats will give me time to recover before moving on!
Average speed: 10.7 mph
Distance: 22.3 miles
Elevation gain: 568 feet
Next stop…Farm to Fork Fondo, PA Dutch. Wish me luck!