Yesterday I snuck out for a lunch ride on my own. A tricky thing to accomplish at the Velo office where every day there is a ride or two leaving the bicycle alley during the lunching hour.
Once I got my legs spinning, my eyes glanced down at my stem to find that I had left my Garmin on my desk. I had also left my headphones in my backpack. I was in such a rush to sneak out the side-door that I had forgotten the two things I ALWAYS take with me for a solo jaunt.
It was an awesome ride. I went up and came down the front side of Old Stage. Its probably my favorite (paved) climb right out of the box around Boulder. I even got in some short repeats over the top section.
It was a beautiful day, warm, and a bit humid as storms were brewing across the Flat Irons. It reminded me of riding like I did back in the day riding in Belleville and the surrounding small towns, without an iPod or a ticking computer. I talked to myself, a lot, like I did on all those two and three hour rides six years ago. I went slow and really fast, but never knowing what my power output or speed was. I polished it off with a sandwich to go from a little deli near the mall and rolled back to the office. Even took a detour through Valmont and shredded some “green” singletrack on my Venge. Nothing better than sliding through gravel on road tires. It was perfect.