Although my fall riding schedule has been weak – at best – I still feel the need to get a few more miles in the Tarmac before the weather forces me indoors. Monday afternoon was a great day to participate in the great cycling tradition.
Minnesota fall conditions can bring some temperature extremes – even over a short, one hour ride. The sun bakes you, but the shade sends a cold shiver across your entire body.
The quiet roads on a Tuesday after work ride match the attention I have paid to this website lately. I’m still riding – just not too inspired to convert that into words on the site.
After a rather dry spring (at least as the air is concerned), it’s a welcome return to more “normal” conditions with some storms and humidity.
The spring conditions are finally supporting some steady, consistent riding. I was not the only one on the road, as I encountered several group rides working over the hills around Medina.
Perfect riding weather is few and far between in Minnesota and needs to be taken advantage of when it comes around. Thus, an after work ride was a foregone conclusion for the day on Friday.
While avoiding the patches of dried mud, I focused on my heart rate for the ride and tried my best to keep it steady at around 155. I need to slow down and extend my riding for longer duration/distance instead of always focusing on speed.
A ride by Lake Minnetonka confirmed that it is far from having its ice melted away. This long winter and atypical spring has resulted in the usual Minnesota milestone events (like ice-out) being delayed by several weeks.
The weather has been tough this spring (lots and lots and lots of snow) that eliminated any planned rides. But, finally breaking into the 60s/70s on Friday resulted in “must ride” sort of day.