I rode 48 miles in the past two days. That’s approximately 48 miles more than I’ve ridden outdoors in a very long time! Yesterday I rode through Glenwood Canyon with my sister… a ride I’ve wanted to do for many years. I decided on the “comfort bike” over the mountain bike with full shocks and a bigger rental price. It turned out to roll quite easily but was anything but comfortable because I picked out a size too small (something that rarely happens to me!) and was sitting far back on the seat in order to keep my knees in the right place over the pedals. My sister spent a good deal of time laughing at me- and waiting for me, but we enjoyed a gorgeous, 28 mile ride, up and back through the canyon.
Today I was on my own again and picked up my road bike rental first thing in the morning. I’ve got myself a Specialized Dolce for the next week. I love that in mountain towns, bike rental stores are abundant. There’s no way I could have traveled with my own bike, like I used to do and when I factor in shipping costs or airplane over-sized luggage prices, I’m not actually spending more money.
This morning I decided to take it easy, as I’d gained 4,000 feet of elevation since yesterday. I did my standard 20 mile round trip between Breck and Frisco. I tried to be conscious of not letting my pace get too slow when I felt tired. I wore my heart rate monitor to keep me honest and as I look at it now, I’m realizing that even though I felt like I was pushing hard, I never moved above zone 4. I’m giving myself a congratulatory pat on the back! I’ll try something a little harder tomorrow and see how I feel. During the next week, I look forward to taking in scenery as I climb passes and enjoying miles of paved bike paths between towns!