Getting into gear
Yesterday was the official start of the 2011 bicycling season. Over this past weekend Bike Tech gave my Raleigh a tune-up and replaced the front and back brake pads, the chain and the rear cassette. It wasn’t cheap but it was definitely worth it. Pedaling is almost effortless, and the pedals were so smooth from their scrub-down that my shoes kept slipping off.
Most of the trails are now clear, except for parts of George Wyth and a small strip of trail in the shadow of the pine tree cluster in the northeast corner of Big Woods Lake. I had to dismount inside George Wyth a number of times and hike over the lingering snow and ice, in 100-200 feet lengths. If temperatures remain above freezing at night, the trails should clear up after this weekend.
I logged 12.41 miles, a respectable amount given that I didn’t drive north of Big Woods. If I hadn’t developed a runny nose, I probably would have gone as far as Black Hawk Park, which I expect is in the same shape as George Wyth. I’ll have to spin the wheels to log the 6.31 miles I got in last month into the odometer. (I’ll also have to remember to wear my helmet!)
I’m sticking with my goal of 2,000 miles for the year. Actually, I’m aiming at 2,000 miles by November 1, when it’ll get cool and Daylight Saving Time will shorten the afternoons. If I can log 100 miles this month, 200 miles in April, 300 miles per month from May to September and 200 in October, I can do it. From May to September there are 22 weeks to ride 1,500 miles, or 68 miles per week. Let’s hope there’s no flooding this year…