Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Between Peter and Paul 


St. Peter's Anglican Church

Last weekend I took the new bike out for a roll. I went on my regular route but I took a little side trip into the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus and discovered it's a bit of hidden gem, or maybe everything looks good in Autumn colours. Tucked away from the main thoroughfare is St. Peter's Anglican Church built in the 19th century. For some reason it seemed funny to happen across a church named St. Peter. It even seemed funny to me that for years, living in the Goulds, I would ride past our church, St. Paul's. I even learned to ride a bike in St. Paul's gravel parking lot. It seemed fitting then to take a little respite on the grounds of this St. Peter's.

Me, bike
Me, bike.

The week before I road as hard as I could to see what I could do on a better bike. I did 70km in 3 hours. Not a land speed record by any stretch, but not bad for me. I think my average speed was around 24.5km/hr which was about a 2km/hr improvement meaning I would probably finish my previous longest ride 12 minutes faster. So New Bike Peter is 12 minutes faster than Old Bike Peter. I guess the bike only gives you so much. The rest is up to your legs and lungs. Last weekend's ride was not intended to be a hard or fast ride, but I did notice something. My first 20km took about 55 minutes (my previous fastest was 49 minutes), but that first 20km is through traffic and traffic lights with plenty of starts and stops, but my next 20km is mostly up Mississauga Road with few stops and it took less than 30 minutes. It tells me that I should stop worrying about my times so much because the route itself affects those times and there's only so much a good piece of equipment can do for you. Which is pretty much why I've never spent $200 on a hockey stick.

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