I had to decline Darryl’s (Loving the Bike) invitation to ride because I had a date to ride after work with my wife. The weather was perfect once again and a little warmer than last time. Today we rode around the neighborhoods in our town so we could avoid the busy streets at rush hour. Some of my normal routes get quite narrow and I didn’t want to put too much stress on my new riding enthusiast. Once again, we took it slow at her pace.
Today, I had her pay closer attention to her heart rate so that she could regulate her effort a bit more and not tire so quickly. We even tackled a couple of minor hills and her observation was that her heart rate was lower overall. She was really surprised to find out that we actually averaged almost 2Mph faster than our last outing even though we had more hills.
We managed a little over 10 miles in about an hour, including stops. I can see her confidence building with each pedal stroke. She tried a different saddle from one of my other bikes today and hopefully it will alleviate some of the saddle soreness she experience a few days ago. This saddle is a bit narrower and has a center cut-out, so it flexes a bit more. I have the same saddle on my old Lemond Buenos Aires and found it to be a very comfortable seat over long distances.
I have a big ride coming up this weekend where I’m planning on doing 100 miles in one day. If I’m lucky, maybe I can score another date tomorrow! Wish me luck.