Were I following my plan, I would be cycling my 625th mile at some point today. Instead I am languishing back in the mid 200s with a proverbial mountain ahead of me to climb. If I increase my monthly target to 300, that means an average of 10 miles per day every single day from now until the end of September. Then I still need to find another 200 miles along the way. I’m capable of it physically but finding the combination of time, weather and daylight will be an issue. I plan to keep taking every possible chance I can on any nice day I get for the next couple of weeks and then reassess at the end of May to see where I stand but I expect I will be left with more than the original 250 miles than I had budgeted for heading into October. Put simply, I was supposed to have this much mileage racked up by the last few days of March. I’ve got some catching up to do.
Temperature: 72 f | Wind Speed: 11 mph | Miles this month: 100.88m | Miles this year: 248.69m (1,772.31m to go)
On the plus side, I have found a way to pack on some miles slightly quicker than normal. Who knew that a circular flat route would be the way to achieve that? What’s most surprising to me is that I have done this same route 3 days in a row now (and lapped the lake 18 times) and am not bored of it. When I came here first, I couldn’t do two laps of the lake without getting bored and either wanting to give up or explore further afield. I credit this to a mix of a lot of things.
Firstly (and always), wind! If wind is 10+ mph, I am not cycling the lake because it’s going to be a higher speed there and it’s going to feel higher again – and I’m going to dread the headwind each and every lap. These last three days have seen pretty light wind speeds which aided in my decision. Second, and very self-explanatory, is fitness. I’ve been up and down and all around Massachusetts. Flat, three-mile laps around a lake should be easy. Third, and the meaning of the title, I haven’t done this in a while. I don’t think that is anything close to what the saying is supposed to mean but it works for my situation. When I moved here first, the lake was on my doorstep and I got sick of it very quickly. There’s a lot for an inexperienced rider to not like about it with the traffic, parked cars, three sets of traffic lights, and the fucking pedestrians who are too good to walk on the foot path. All of these become easier to negotiate (but no less frustrating) with experience.
I did beat my time slightly (and I mean slightly – we’re talking less than 30 seconds) from the previous two days but it is genuinely surprising to me that I have kept an exact 17 mph average speed across all three days. I’ll be interested to see if that changes when I get my good bike back under similar conditions or if the bike really doesn’t matter.