After messing around in Sunnyvale for a little bit too long, I hit the road for my Saturday ride this afternoon at a little after 4, leaving me just under four hours to do a metric century before sunset. I climbed up to Portola Valley, replenished my water supply, and wasted 40 minutes chattering with another cyclist at Triangle Park. 50 miles to go in 2½ hours? Looks like I’m not making it home by sunset.
I stomped through Woodside and on up to Edgewood Road, pulled myself into the big ring for a nice 44 mph descent, and kept my spin up as I headed southeast toward Los Altos along Foothill Expressway. The sun finally set on me with about 12 miles left to go.
It was completely dark by the time I swooped around Laurel Street near my house for that last loop around the block to close out today’s metric century. The added bonus was that ¾ of a mile from my house, I completed my 5000th mile of 2005, which brings me past 100% of my goal mileage.
This day last year was my last day on the disabled list. Between getting back on the bike last year and the end of the year, I covered quite a few miles. Between that day and the end of this ride were 8,195.42 miles. Let’s see how many bonus miles I get this year.
Today: 62.29 mi; 3:20:15 (18.7 mph avg; 44.0 mph max)
Aug : 439.24 mi; 23:17:10 (18.9 mph avg; 44.0 mph max)
2005 : 5000.72 mi; 266:43:50 (18.7 mph avg; 46.0 mph max)
Goal : 5000.00 mi (0.72 mi over : 100.01% complete)