I learned a few things;
- Darned if those funny-looking bike shorts don't make riding a WHOLE lot more comfortable! HUGE difference.
- I was able to replace the camelback with 3 water bottles, and didn't touch the 3rd. Drank one bottle of water, and one bottle of Gatorade. Not having the camelback made riding noticeably more comfortable. I do think I drank less, but I don't think I got dehydrated.
- The Santa Ana River Trail (at the least the tiny portion I rode) is in MUCH better shape than the Coyote Creek/San Gabriel River trail. How does the SART rate?
- I'm getting comfortable riding on Pacific Coast Highway. This scares me. I'm alert, and paying attention on PCH to be sure, it's just a bit disturbing that the mere idea of riding on PCH isn't enough to scare me into not doing it. The good part is that most of the people in the area where I was riding on PCH seem to be used to the idea of bicycles on the road. There isn't bike lanes the whole way though. Riding the path on the beach, even this early in the year, turned out to be no-go. Too crowded.
- I think I need a cool-down exercise for my legs. Maybe ride around our neighborhood in a lower gear. When I stopped moving, I could feel them tighten up, so I walked around the house a bit. A nice hot shower took care of most of the residual tightness.
- I'm not near as wiped as my previous 46ish mile (pre-GPS) effort. My quads are sore, yes. No saddle soreness though.
- I don't really care for fig newtons, I took a Snickers bar and ate that at my turn-around point. There were, I'm sure, better choices that also weren't fig newtons.
- I'm contemplating riding the Century in May for the Tour de Cure. 45 miles wasn't that bad. The last 40 of the Century is pretty boring compared to the first 60, but I'm thinking about it from a personal accomplishment point of view. I need to find out how late I can switch from the 60 to the 100, or if they even really care. I would imagine they care at the start so they know how many people are on each section.
- I'm thinking about the magic clip-in (clipless? Yes, i read the FAQ on why they were originally called clipless) pedals. Right now I just have borg-standard 1985 steel pedals with sharpish points. I don't see many riders (except on beach cruisers) not using the magic pedals.
- Maybe I'll break 50 miles next weekend.
- I like being able to download my route from my GPS into Google earth.
- Mrs. FT is looking forward to getting her back fixed and riding on the tandem with me. I could do that as a short ride in the evenings when it stays light lo enough.
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