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Ride Around Lake Lemon

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

On Sunday, I headed out to ride around Lake Lemon. This is a route I used to ride quite frequently. But, since we moved to a different side of town, I haven’t ridden it as much. It’s now about 43 miles, instead of 35. Certainly not prohibitively long, but it falls into that weird middle ground: too long for a weeknight training ride, but certainly not epic, either. Here is a map.

The day was supposed to be a little cooler (mid 80s) and I suppose it probably was, but the humidity was very high. I had to stop a few times and wring out my gloves and sweatband.












A few words on pacing

The club rides I’ve done recently have been quite educational when it comes to pacing. On the club rides, a pace is chosen and held quite consistently. On smaller hills, it is possible to maintain the same level of effort by downshifting. The end result is a much smoother, more consistent pace. Obviously this falls apart on steep hills, but otherwise it works fairly well.

When left to my own devices, I’ll frequently ride much more casually, riding at a laid back pace and then either hammering or slogging up the hills. ¬†Or sometimes I will set out to hammer and I’ll ride really hard, but I won’t be able to sustain it. On this ride, I made a concerted effort to ride at more of a constant pace, and I could feel the difference. I was definitely working harder than on a relaxed ride, but I was able to keep it going throughout the ride.I’ve done this on a few solo rides recently and I think I get a much better workout this way. However, it does make it more difficult to slow/stop for photos, etc. So, as with the club rides themselves, I wouldn’t want to ride this way all the time, but it’s good to have the option.

One Response to “Ride Around Lake Lemon”

  1. Chris Says:

    Yes, it is good to have options. My pace for any given ride varies between moderate (conversation takes a little effort) to dawdling (just this side of having to think about trying to balance). Much faster or slower, I’ve learned, begins to move toward discomfort, which I usually try to avoid. I’m in this for fun.

    I might have presented this a little too much on the lazy side of reality, but not much.

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