Kristen told me I needed to work on hills in preparation for Farm to Fork Fondo, so that’s what I did on Memorial Day. I had originally intended to ride the same portion of the Schuylkill River Trail that Kristen and I rode together last weekend and just go a little farther. I had hoped to increase my distance to somewhere between 12 and 14 miles. But, the weather was questionable. It rained on and off all morning and continued to look like it would start up again in the afternoon. I didn’t relish getting caught in the rain on my bike. So, I stayed closer to home and rode a somewhat hilly route. The single hill on last weekend’s ride amounted to a climb of 57 feet.
Yesterday, I climbed ten times more! The hills took their toll and I wasn’t able to go as far as I had wanted, but I did go a bit faster. For the first half of the ride, my average speed was slightly over 10 mph. My speed decreased as I started to tire during the second half of the ride. 9.5 to 10 mph feels like a very comfortable speed to me, now. Kristen thinks with more practice I will reach the point of being able to go even faster, though I may never feel the need to ride faster. I will probably repeat my Memorial Day route over the coming months. Eventually, 611 feet of hills won’t be as big a challenge as it was yesterday and then I’ll be able to do 14 miles AND 611 feet of climbing!
Average Speed: 9.6 mph
Distance: 9.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 611 feet