I haven’t been getting as much exercise as I should, and this evening was quite a bit cooler than most we’ve had lately. It was a perfect evening to ride down to Haines Point, a 3.2 mile loop of well-kept, lightly-trafficked pavement that local bikers use to train.

I got passed a lot while I was there by much more fashionable and trim individuals wearing much flashier outfits, but I still managed two laps. Between the ride there, the two laps, and then tooling around the city on my way home, I rode just shy of 14.5 miles tonight - a personal record for a single ride! I know it’s not a lot, but cut me some slack - I’m a fat guy and I’m working my way up.

  • Total Distance: 14.43mi
  • Average Speed: 12.3 mph
  • Max Speed: 23.7 mph
  • Total Ride Time: 1:10

My goal is to ride to work three times a week next summer. It’s about 10 miles from home, but mostly uphill. The loop at Haines Point is flat and easy-going, except for the headwinds at the southern end, but it’s still a good place to work on my endurance. In the evening, it’s almost all bikes, so I think it would be worth it to go do laps as often as I can.

And according to the Internet, I burned over 900 calories on that ride. That’s damn near half my daily intake! (more on that part later) I’m not gonna lie: I’m feeling pretty good tonight.