I headed out this morning to rendezvous with my friends from the Caloosa Riders for our Wednesday morning “Old Fart Run”. I was expecting a small number of riders, as many of the members are snow birds, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a little over 30 cyclists in all, many of which were first time riders of this route.
Bill, Caloosa’s VP, welcomed the new riders, and reiterated that this ride is a recovery ride, not a high-speed hammerfest (which it typically turns into…but what do you expect from a bunch of guys and gals with fast bikes). We were instructed to keep speeds between 20-21 MPH and just enjoy the ride as well as each others company…and you know what, we all actually held a steady 20-21 the entire route!
Sure some of us might have tossed in a couple little fun sprints along the way (I always like to sprint up the I-75 overpass overpass…it’s the closest thing we have to a mountain down here), but in general, this was the first time since I’ve been riding with this group that we actually did an honest to goodness recovery ride, and it felt great!
No dropped riders, no splits in the group, no sprints from lights, just a relaxed, constant, pace to flush out the accumulated lactic acid from our legs and enjoy another great cycling day here in SW Florida. All in all a very welcomed change of pace.
Started: Apr 11, 2012 7:31:22 AM
Ride Time: 2:12:45
Stopped Time: 1:22:13
Distance: 38.82 miles
Average Speed: 17.55 mph
Fastest Speed: 27.80 mph
Ascent: 682 feet
Descent: 646 feet