Recovery Ride Awesome!

What a morning!  As is common the last number of weeks and months my eyes open at 4:30 am.  While wondering if turning over would work I started to think if a ride was in the works today.  Saturdays hot & humid ride to Richer was not good for me, running way to high a heart rate and then needing to get pulled to make it home; thanks Werner, Neil and Jim.

But can’t let sleep get in the way of a great morning ride.  Left the house at 5:20 am on a “recovery” ride. I have read all I want on recovery rides but they always turned into hammer fests of my own making.  So the rules this morning where fairly simple, heart rate no higher than 135 bpm and no big ring.

The results “awesome”

  • average heart rate 122 bpm
  • time rode  2 hours 14 minutes
  • average speed  28.1 km/hr
  • distance  62.3 kms

Even Better Results.  Route traveled #12 north to #1 overpass, then east to Dawson Trail, thru Ste Anne, climb the overpass back to Steinbach.

But the most AWESOME!

  • watching the sun come up
  • smelling the canola fields
  • watching the humidity fog lifting off the fields
  • almost no traffic on #12, from Steinbach to #1 highway
  • getting to the #1 overpass, then riding all the loops again just because
  • coasting down every decline possible
  • stopping at the Sainte-Anne Catholic Church and reading how it was built in 1867, amazing building architecture
  • watching the shadows get smaller as the sun rises and my shadow riding beside me
  • all the thoughts and feelings that one deals with as I turned the cranks at time completely lost in another world
  • McDonald’s coffee at the end of the ride at 7:46 am and getting home in time to watch da Tour
  • best of all, knowing that all is right in this world that God created and giving me the privilege to ride a bike!  Awesome!
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Just a middle-aged man whose blood pressure and cholesterol were out of wack and needed a tuneup, bad. Then I rekindled my love for riding a bike -- just the simple act of turning the cranks. What happened next is I met a lot of neat people who are as nuts as I am. Ride on.

2 thoughts on “Recovery Ride Awesome!

  1. Sorry I missed the ride this morning, Jac. Sounds perfect. If I lived in Steinbach I’da bin dere!

  2. Totally agree with that approach Jac. I went for a 70k ride into Perth County yesterday. I averaged 26 kph as I noodelled my way around county line roads and gawked at all the beautiful farm yards. I wouldn’t call it a recovery ride, I’d just call it riding for myself. I’m starting to think about just chucking the damn computer and getting back to cycling less for performance and more for health and wellness.

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