I completed my first Bus Stop ride of the year last night. As I have mentioned before (https://everydayracer.com/2012/05/03/redemption-at-the-bus-stop/) this ride is pretty intense and is a good way to gage fitness.
This is only my 9th or 10th ride since hurting my knee, making it my 9th or 10th ride in 3 months. Since we had all the flood damage, the ride has been changed quite a bit and the route was still in debate at the beginning of the ride. We ended up going down 36 to St. Vrain road, then 75th to Hygiene and back again. The loop is pretty easy, except the climb on St. Vrain, which is where I departed the group. I usually have a hard time there when I am fit and only stay with the top 10 guys or so that make it over that climb when I am at my best. I ended up hanging in longer than many on the ride and felt very comfortable. The new bike was quite quick on the front, which took a bit of getting used to in a group ride setting. I’ll have more of an update on the bike to finish my series on the S3 frame once I get a few more miles in. My legs (including my knee) and lungs felt fine. They weren’t too tired today and I was able to run 6 miles around the reservoir this morning. So overall – a good outing for my first time in a group since my injury (really since February due to my lack of time on the bike this year). I think the group went pretty slow and easy, which was perfect for me to get back out there.