|Crazy Jim downs one last bite before the ride.|
The ride was awesome. We went at a very steady pace of about 17 mph for the first 11 miles. Given that we were getting through town and then following a river, the first 11 miles were somewhat downhill (downstream). It looked flat, but it is pretty great to be going 17-18 mph with little effort on my heavy commuter bike. For the second half, we were riding slightly uphill (upstream). It never looked uphill, but it did slow our pace and we were both getting tired.
|Waiting for the train to pass...|
I feel a bit pathetic about getting tired on a 23 mile ride. It is not that far, given my history, but I haven't ridden this far in one ride since March. Instead, I've become more accustomed to 30-45 minute rides. I need to expand that into 1-2 hour rides more often. It was fun and it felt like a great accomplishment.
|Every Tucson race ends with a mariachi band at the finish line.|