The Grunthal Loop

The day at the office was in need of shaking off my back.  Too much coffee, phone calls and just too much head work.

Looking out the window at 3:45 pm was a bright afternoon autumn day that called for a serious bike ride, the Grunthal loop, a loop I use as a time trial of sorts.

I can’t tell you how it feels to hammer for 60 plus km’s when I feel so fine.  The light wind out of the northwest felt good in the 17 C weather.  The angle of the sun on my face reminded me that fall was certainly here and I needed to be off the road by 7pm. 

The cars and trucks left me alone for the most part.  I appreciation the honks and friendly waves.  Actually I appreciated the one finger salutes too, at least they saw me. 

It is amazing that on some rides one just doesn’t seem to tire as much as other rides, maybe it was the good sleep last night.  A little of the hammer jell and water and the legs just keep on churning.  My heart rate average for the ride was at 143 bpm, higher than any other ride this year.  I watched my heart rate the whole ride and it never got higher than 156 bpm, but didn’t drop much below 135 bpm either.

Finished the ride with new best ave time of 32.7 km/hr.  Solved a number of issues and got my head around my 3 minutes time of sharing for Sunday morning church service that i committed to.

Yup, feels just great, you know that pain walking down the stairs, after an outstanding ride.  So Saturday, 8 am at the tower?

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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 “The Grunthal Loop

  1. That sounds like the perfect ride, Jac, except I had the perfect ride! I went mountain biking to Bird’s Hill Park and rode Burr Oak Trail 3 times. The deer were out and the sun was shining through the forest. I only saw one other rider – Glen Friesen – so we stopped and chatted for a few minutes. I only fell once! It was a wonderful afternoon and I managed to clear my mind, too.

  2. They both sound like the perfect ride, especially because I haven’t even been able to touch my bike this week. Except I did take advantage of being in Wpg for a meeting this afternoon and finally satisfied my curiosity about riding a fixie. I took the Masi Speciale for a demo ride at Bikes & Beyond. Conclusion; fixies are for younger men (or at least gutsier men…).

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