21 September 2011 - 8:48The Fall
Fall is a really great time to ride bikes here in New England. Sure the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures cooler, but there is still plenty of time to get out there and ride before the snow flies. It seems that I can remember riding trails into December a few times in years past, but really it’s late September and October that have given me some of the most memorable “fall rides”.
I’ll never forget the ride I went on the day before my son as born. It was a brilliant day, the colors of the changing leaves were over saturated against the bright blue sky with temps in the mid 70s. A group of us rode Perry Hill. All of it. I rode every difficult line, many of which I have yet to repeat to this day.
My first year doing the VT 50 was a similar experience. I have never once thought about that ride being a race for me, so I just used it as a really long day on the bike. When the weather is great, that ride is spectacular.
It’s also during this time that the repairs in the shop start to wind down, freeing up my time during the day to sneak out for a couple of hours. Having had a pretty difficult year in many respects, I have decided that there is no better time than this fall to recharge my batteries. It’s important to remember to do this sometimes, it can be an overwhelming task to manage a business, be a parent and lead a balanced life. The 3-4 hour rides are over for me this year, it’s time to enjoy the shorter 1-2 hour rides, with no real agenda. No hill repeats. No intervals. No mileage requirements.
Last year I had a pretty full year of riding, so much so that I was pretty burnt out by the time I reached October, where I pretty much squandered an entire month’s worth of good weather off the bike. It was a big regret for me, one that I think I have learned my lesson from. So if you happen to be passing by the shop on a weekday and it’s closed between 2 and 3:30, you can guess I’ll be out on the trails. If you know your going to be out my way, come between 2 and 3:30 and bring your bike!