Woo hoo, bring on the taper! Yesterday I had a 40K ride on the schedule. I mapped out a nice little loop from the northwest of Calgary – out Highway 1A, north on Lochend Road, east on Big Hill Springs Road, south on Bearspaw Road back. It was one big box of a route. I have never ridden this route before, but it looked pretty fool proof so I never thought to download the route to my Garmin. Oops.
My friend Tara joined me and we got going nice and early at 8 am. It was sunny out, but a little windy. The route was going to have some good rollers. When we hit the intersection of Lochend Road and Big Hill Springs we rejoiced at being halfway done and that we’d probably have the wind on our side for the rest of the ride. I knew that we wouldn’t have to go far down Big Hill Springs before hitting Bearspaw Road…except somehow I missed the turn. All of a sudden Big Hill Springs Road ended at a T intersection with Symons Valley Road.
We figured we’d turn south since that would mean we’d be heading back towards Calgary. When the road started to jog farther east I wondered where exactly in Calgary we’d wind up. After a phone call to Tara’s husband we realized we’d out on the northeast of Calgary, riding on some really busy roads to get back to our starting point. We decided to turn back around and try to find Bearspaw. I had brought a gel with me “just in case” so I took that and we were back on the road. And now riding back into the wind up some big rollers. Ugh. This time we really paid attention for Bearspaw and lo and behold, we found it! We finally made it back to our starting point…just over 48 miles done instead of 40K. Oops! Thanks to a good breakfast and the gel I brought with me I didn’t bonk on the ride. It was a really good ride despite being longer than planned!
In the afternoon I hung out with my niece. We played in the park and I changed my first poopy diaper (yes, she is almost two and I’ve managed to avoid the poopy diaper until now). After play time in the park Avery was looking ready for a nap…and so was I! Now I’d better get on with my workouts for today, plus a little house cleaning. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!