I've only ridden a handful of times this season. I feel out of shape, and I want to ride more and faster. As I told some of the folks there, "I figure the best way to get me to push hard is to have people to chase." The pace was good - fast enough to be work, but not so fast that I wasn't able to keep up. The people were friendly. It also starts just a mile and a half from my house, so nice and convenient. I'm really glad I finally made it! Hopefully I'll be able to make it a regular wednesday thing when I'm in town.
There is also a similarly paced ride on monday nights, folks were telling me. It starts a little farther away, but at the end they ride right by my house. So I could ride there, drop off at my house, and still end up riding about the same distance. I'll plan to give that a try next week.
Yesterday I decided to walk/jog two miles barefoot on my treadmill. I don't remember who, but somebody was telling me not too long ago that running barefoot is supposed to be good for your feet. I figured I'd give it a try, although I did more walking than running. I found my feet to hurt a lot less than I'd expected... but I'm still not convinced that this was better for them than wearing my nice running shoes.
Between two miles barefoot yesterday, and today's thirty mile bike ride, my legs and feet are beat! I feel good though, and pleased with myself. It was fun! I'm going to be sore tomorrow.... but it'll be a good kind of sore.