I had a nice training ride with my friend Phil this morning. We rode out of Timberview High School in Mansfield. When Phil and I met about 20 years ago, as members of the Texas Wheels Cycling Club, this school didn't exist. In fact, many of the roads in Mansfield didn't exist! The area was rural; now it's suburban. While it makes me sad to see all the development, I can't blame the people who've moved away from the city. I'd like to live out there myself. We saw some gorgeous houses along the way.
Phil is still under the weather with bronchitis, but he rode like a soldier. At 16 miles into the ride, just as we reached Venus, I had a flat front tire. The first replacement tube didn't take; somehow it got a hole in it. I may have pinched it while putting it on. The second replacement tube took, thankfully. We had no further trouble during the ride.
I ended up with 56.05 miles for the day (elapsed time = 3:28:44). My average speed was 16.11 miles per hour. It's not as fast as a week ago (17.99), but there were no packs in which to ride, the course was hillier, and there was more wind. Many of the roads were rough as well, which makes it hard to keep up a good speed. It sure was nice to be out in the countryside, with birds chirping and cows grazing. We saw a herd of longhorns on one of the small roads. They were as interested in us as we were in them. A mangy dog chased us. Phil outraced him, while I stopped to threaten the critter with bodily harm should he attack me. He finally cowered and retraced his steps to the house from which he came. You have to be stern with dogs.
My average heart rate was 112 and my maximum 149. I burned 3,130 calories. My maximum speed was 35.3 miles per hour. The sun peeked out during the final hour of the ride, which brightened my mood. I'm a sun person. The wind bothered us on the outward stretch, but helped us immensely on the return trip. Phil rode well for a sick man. I enjoyed his company and our conversation.
I hope you're getting exercise this weekend. You may not be interested in it, but it's in your interest.