2020 Resolution Ride #6 – Always choose RIDE!

So you’ve found yourself with an unexpected free day to do whatever you like. It’s chilly outside but sunny and dry, do you…

A) Sit at home in front of the fire and veg out.
B) Mow the lawn.
C) Wheel that sexy bicycle out of the garage and RIDE!

Okay, that’s not a real question because the answer is always C! Today I had some plans which fell through, which left me with ample time to complete this month’s Resolution Ride (or mow the lawn, guess which I chose).

Because of the last-minute decision, I didn’t really have much of a plan apart from “pedal until I hit the metric century.” June is the beginning of winter here in Tasmania. The long thermal bibs and long sleeve jersey had to be dug out of the cupboard for this one! I’m not quite as “hard” as I used to be either, so I waited until the frost had melted before donning my kit and heading out the door.

It was a struggle at first, but I’m glad I got out there! For the first 20km my legs were telling me it was a bad idea, but my head was shouting louder that I needed some quality pedal time. By 30km I’d just about warmed up and it wasn’t until 40km that I finally found my rhythm.

It was all familiar territory today – no big climbs – just rolling roads and a couple of flatter sections around a still very quiet airport. From 40 clicks onward the kilometres flew by. No cafe stops, just pedals turning, wheels spinning. I was back at my door in under four hours elapsed time with a smidgen over 104 kilometres on the Gamin. Tired and happy. And that’s all I really have to say about that!

Oh and I guess I still need to mow the lawn…

Distance: 104 km / 65 miles
Total elevation gain: 780 m / 2550 feet
Average speed: 28.9 kph / 18.0 mph

10 Comments Add yours

  1. easy one this month! I probably need to do the same

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    1. Yep, no fun making it a struggle in the cold.


  2. bgddyjim says:

    The grass will be there after the ride. Ride first, mow later, I always say!

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    1. Ride first, mow later. I like that!

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  3. abetterman21 says:

    Just out of curiosity, has the current COVID situation affected your ride?


    1. A lot of cafes closed and we weren’t allowed to ride in groups. Most of my rides are solo anyway so it wasn’t too bad. Just had to get my coffee and cake to take away! As of this weekend Tasmania has ZERO known cases of Covid! :-)


  4. Nice one! It’s midsummer here in the UK and I’ve just got back out onto the road, 13 weeks after breaking my pelvis. Very happy to do 51km today.

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    1. That must have been a great feeling getting back out there! Hope your recovery is going well. 🙂


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