Cycling Season Is Here

So while it continues to snow in Northern New England (183+ inches winter season to date in Aroostook County, Maine), we are finally hitting the roads of Southern New England. On Saturday, I raced the Plainville Spring Series training criterium in Plainville, Connecticut. It was a relatively quick 22.5 miles in just under an hour. Of course, I finished the race a couple of laps down on the field because my training has been weak. It is going to take me a few more rides to get in shape. I’ve done a lot of running so far this year, but you can’t train for cycling by only running. To be good and to feel good, you have to ride. Saturday was also the 99th edition of Milan San Remo. It wasn’t 22 miles, it was nearly 180 miles (298km), and even longer this year because of a road closure! It took the winner just over 7:14 to ride the distance. That is a long day in the saddle. No wonder those guys do drugs. See, I couldn’t stop from making this post an editorial. Seriously, let’s hope those European based pros have cleaned up their act. Averaging more than 26mph for 180 miles takes fitness and talent, but it is pushing the limits. The race has a lot of history and they have been riding the same distance along the coast of the Meditteranean for nearly a century–they have been using performance enhancing drugs for just as long.

At least I ride for fitness and fun. I’ll be back out on the roads this week. Let’s hope the weather stays dry and warms up a bit. If you really want to see what cold looks like, you can always check out the webcam in Fort Kent, Maine. Of course, don’t bother checking if you are reading this post in July.

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