Bike: Masi CXR
In my ears: We the People Live; The Rich Roll Podcast
Sunday morning, bright and clear. Eleven degrees when I left the apartment. The roads were perfectly fine, and it was one of those rides where a couple miles in I was so glad I’d fought the temptation to stay indoors. The streets were quiet as I passed through Lemoyne, and from there they just got quieter. Lisburn, then smaller roads, all rollers weaving through threadbare farmland and hollowed-out forest, past big country houses set back on a few acres. Early on my legs felt okay, but I was moving pretty slowly–combination of heavy bike, wide tires, and maybe the temperature or maybe just a lack of fitness from all my zone 1 and 2 trainer sessions.
I cut in front of Roundtop and the parking lots were full of weekend skiiers. The slopes looked steeper than when I’d last seen them in summer, and covered in snow the mountain actually looks somewhat like a ski resort. The snow was swirling in big clouds from the snow-making machines lined up along the runs, carried off by the wind. The descent from there was fun. I wrapped back around, then headed north into the headwind. At the 20-mile mark my Garmin was about dead, strange for such a short ride. I’m not sure what’s going on with it. I switched over to my Vivoactive GPS watch for the rest of the ride and navigated home via Chestnut Grove Road (which was super nice; not sure how I hadn’t discovered it before) from a combi
I was riding fasted and the lack of glycogen started to hit on the drag back from Mechanicsburg. Made it home just in time. My legs felt like jello and my arms were weirdly numb. Only forty miles, but almost three hours on the bike.
Overall, a fun ride. I’m getting better at just dealing with headwinds and the generally slog-like feeling of winter rides on a ‘cross bike. Not having the Garmin to stare at helped. Hopefully I’ll be visiting Roundtop soon with my snowboard in tow.