Ride Notes for September 18th, 2014

This was my second day of riding with my new road bicycle, and I'm still getting used to the differences. With that in mind, I'm building up my confidence, but I'm not going as fast in some places as I used to ride on my old hybrid. However, even though I was taking it easy on the faster parts of my ride, I was able to pick up the pace on the slower parts of the ride due to the design of the new bicycle, which resulted in another day of personal bests.


I completed the full 17-mile ride from my house through the Saguaro National Park (SNP) and back in just over an hour, which is considerably better than my earlier rides. (I completed my first ride around the park this past April with a time of 1:26:49, and today's ride had a time of 1:03:11.) A goal that I have been working towards is completing the ride in under an hour, and as of today I am a little over 3 minutes away from accomplishing that goal.

It was supposed to rain in the evening, so I chose to ride during my lunch hour. Riding at that time has an added benefit of fewer cars on the road and less cyclists. That being said, I need to look into picking up a better mirror for the new bike. I'm using the end-of-handlebar mirror from my previous bike, and that doesn't look like it's going to work with the drop-style handlebars on my new bike. I simply can't see the cars behind me, and that's a bad thing.

Ride Stats:

  • Primary Statistics:
    • Start Time: 1:20pm
    • Distance: 16.9 miles
    • Duration: 1:03:11
    • Calories Burned: 632 kcal
    • Altitude Gain: 1,161 feet
  • Speed:
    • Average Speed: 16.1 mph
    • Peak Speed: 30.2 mph
    • Average Cadence: 57.0 rpm
  • Temperature:
    • Minimum: 77.0 F
    • Average: 78.4 F
    • Maximum: 82.4 F
  • Heart Rate:
    • Average: 153 bpm
    • Maximum: 174 bpm
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