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10-mile Escape(5 posts)

10-mile EscapeMikeC
Jul 1, 2003 10:26 AM
I don't have a lot of time in the morning, but I figured I could get up a half hour or so early. So about five days a week I ride this little 10-mile circuit of country roads near my home.
10 miles is perfect. It's too short to do much real training, and also short enough to invalidate most excuses for not going. It's turned into a morning ritual of pure pleasure that reminds me of what riding used to be all about.
Sometimes I do the whole ride in the same gear. Once I did almost the whole thing standing. For the past week I've been staying in the drops for the whole ride. If I'm feeling masochistic I'll time-trial it. Mostly I just ride, quickly when I feel like it, slower when I don't.
None of this is supposed to prove anything. It's just cool to ride my bike how I want and treat it almost like a plaything instead of a deadly serious, purpose-built, high-tech machine.
I still do my 40 mile training rides, intervals, and all of that other stuff "serious" cyclists are supposed to do. But it's my 5:30 am 10-mile escape that I really look forward to.
cool (nm)jtferraro
Jul 1, 2003 10:54 AM
Same thing for my commutes ...Humma Hah
Jul 1, 2003 10:55 AM
... 5.2 miles to work in the morning, but I can stretch that to 15 or 27 on the way home if time allows. A little 10-12 mile zig-zag thru some nice neighborhoods is the most common ride home. I always stick to one gear (one fixie, one singlespeed), sometimes get in a rabbit-chase or two (sometimes the rabbits win), and I enjoy it thoroughly.

I rarely get the chance to do longer rides on the weekends ... my weekends are to be shared with the wife, and she's not a distance rider.
agreed!2300 Edmontonian
Jul 1, 2003 10:53 PM
Every evening if i don't get the chance to bike during the day, I do the exact same thing, around 15 miles..
I find that riding long miles and like "serious cyclists" has many complications, which I totally leave behind me as I ride these evening rides for pure joy and pleasure!
re: 10-mile Escapekcd
Jul 2, 2003 2:30 AM
There is a nice 5-mile long MUT down the street from my home that not many people know about. I go down and back almost every morning. It's very woodsy and isolated. I really enjoy that ride.