Avg Speed: 20.3 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 127 bpm
Climbing: 902 ft
Calories Burned: 2,484 (need to recalibrate)
4 Hour 55 Minute Century ... 1st to finish ... personal best ... enough said
Today' route and map -- http://connect.garmin.com/activity/41203335
The day after going down on your bike is usually a slow and tentative outing. After a nice omelette and stack of pancakes at Perkins, I left a little earlier than the Geldings to test out my road rash and leg. I felt pretty good and found a nice pace at around 18mph. The weather was nice, the roads were flat, and I was singing! After a few miles, Daniel and Bruno (the Swiss Express) flew by at 20+. I jumped on board and rode with them for about 15 miles until the Geldings plus Katie and Alex (bothy fillys!) flew by going even faster. I switched trains and was quickly at the first SAG at 30 miles.
|Early Morning Farm With Nice Pond|
|A Lone, But Big Wind Turbine|
|Close Up ... It Was Big|
|Farms and Corn As Far As You Could See|
|A Mighty Empty Sign In Sheet At SAG 2 (Just Me!)|
More country roads and farms followed the 2nd SAG. I was itching to go and when the first small hill came, I went out ahead and didn't look back. I was really in the zone and pushed hard on the pedals. I established a gap between myself and the group (they were still cruising too). My speeds were 22-25 mph. After going through the quaint town of Madelia the route turned to a divided section of highway 60. The shoulder was pretty narrow with a rumble strip and had a fair amount of ruts and debris. Alone I was free to pick my line and cruise. I really bumped it up and pushed myself. My heart rate was up and my speed was too. I was flying along at 25 mph. Jeff (ABB) just loves it when one of us goes ahead like that. He chased me down about 3 miles before the final SAG stop. I kept him in sight and arrived at the SAG (mile 90) as the first rider again.
|The Speedy Pace Line (Most Broke 5 Hours As Well)|
|Another Scenic Farm|
|Wind Farms Too|
|Alex's Fuel Sensation At SAG 3|
|Dave and I Arrive At The Hotel|
|Jeff's (CT) "Bright" Jersey|
|Sights of Mankato|
|Happy Chef of Mankato|
The Lung Association had a nice card and goodie package waiting for me at the hotel today. Speaking of which, I received several additional donations this past week. Thanks to Mike Atassi, Bianka Nebel, Alison Franklin, and Gail Fredrick. I am up to $15,750. I have received so many great emails and Facebook comments from my donors and friends ... they really raise my spirits and provide incentive to ride harder each day.
Good night moon ... good night sub 5 hour century ... good night Leslie (you inspire me each day) ... good night Cathy (the pig rocks and your emails are great) ... good night Mom ... good night Dad (feel better) ... good night friends and donors (thanks for being there) ... good night ALA NE (thanks for thinking of me)