Last weekend I decided to ride a PA Randonneurs 200km brevet, my first substantial bike ride since PBP. I woke up Saturday morning realizing I had a flat tire to fix and to locate my winter riding clothes because at the start of the ride it was below freezing. The ride was a beautiful one, with most of the trees still showing color changes. It was a cold ride, my first cold ride since the spring, and snow was seen throughout the route.
It was the first time I have ever finished a bike ride last, it was weird. I was the Rouge Lanterne. boo. I guess when I haven’t ridden more than 30 miles since August’s PBP, trying to ride 127 miles of 8000ft is a difficult task. I’ll do better next month. Another way to look at it is I was the last rider to complete it, attendance on brevetes later in the year really drop off when it gets colder out. It was 29 degrees out when we started.
Maybe I am just good at justifying my lackluster performance.