>> Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Thursday was a chilly morning. Well, it was probably pretty "seasonable" for Minnesota, but we've been blessed with great weather lately. I was gearing up for a nice medium-to-long distance ride, and the TV was telling me to DRESS UP!
Dang. Somewhere around 50 degrees is usually my cut-off...
I was getting hungry. I told myself that I had EARNED Chipotle. Afterall, Jenny told me to make sure I was getting some food in me within 30 minutes of working out! ;) So I pulled my bike into Chipotle with about 4 miles left, and grabbed a burrito:
Hint: it's APRIL.
• longest ride of the year (yay)
• 17.9 mph average (dang)
• 18.5 mph average before the final 7 residential miles
Sunday, Matt (my brother-in-law) and I planned a nice trip down the Gateway. The goal was 40-45 miles. Just a good, long ride. ("Long" for 2 guys training for duathlons and sprint / oly triathlons.) Sunday was a BEAUTIFUL day!! We drove to the start of the trail (about a mile north of downtown St. Paul) so we could get farther out of the city and onto more open stretches of trail. Here we are as we got ready to ride:
"Exiting the city" near the I-694 loop
We were pulling 25-28 mph for a few miles
Just past the end of the Gateway (with Pine Point Park to the right),
headed out to the Square Lake area
Matt, Borsch, and I hit the road towards Square Lake. Matt had been there (by car) for scuba training, and Borsch had never been out that way before. We took the rollers down to the lake, and snapped some photos at our turn-around:
Borsch and Matt
Borsch's shot of me to prove I was there too!
(Note the sweet Leisure Suit jersey from my lovely wife!)
Working the open road back to the Gateway
Tons of families and riders at the Pine Point Park rest area
On the "detour" around the new bridge construction
(note the mound of dirt for the bridge ramp on the left)
(And that's NOT my breathing at the end of the video. That's the wind. Really.)
Matt said "Chipotle," but I was going to resist. I was going to be a good boy. Then he said "Paisanos Pizza - maybe just a slice to tide me over til supper..." and I totally caved. We finished the ride, loaded up our bikes, and headed to Paisanos for a few slices of heaven:
• 18.7 mph "highest" average
• 18.5 mph average at the end
Thanks for the ride, fellas! What a great day!
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