Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Full Day To End A Full Week

Great times for Team Pedal Moraine today at New Fane!

Lots of bike riders rode lots of miles this weekend, and I was one of them even though I wasn’t wearing a number. There was a 24-hour mountain bike race in Wausau, a 24-hour race (of sorts) in Milwaukee’s hipster-friendly Riverwest neighborhood, and a women’s century through Ozaukee and Washington counties. I kept racking up training miles on the road in preparation for Race The Lake on August 14, finishing July with back-to-back weeks in excess of 200 miles. I still haven’t done my solo century, but I’m doing OK.

Today’s ride was my 101st this year, but just my 6th to begin in the morning. I always prefer to wait for the warmest hours of the afternoon, but today I had to finish early.  When my ride was done I restocked my CO2 reserves—it has been a bad year for flat tires—and ordered a new pair of tubeless-ready cyclocross tires from Pedal Moraine. Then I went grocery shopping and drove to New Fane to host a picnic for Team Pedal Moraine. We had a great turnout and most of the team took advantage of the opportunity to ride the mountain bike trails. I did something more rare and special: I went for a short walk on New Fane’s hiking trails with my daughter. After this morning’s 53-mile ride through the northern Kettle Moraine, I didn’t need any more time in the saddle.

And it’s back to work tomorrow. With weekly cyclocross practices starting this Tuesday, I need to make sure Royal Oaks Park is in good shape. There’s some bike maintenance to be done too, but I might take a “rest day” otherwise.

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