Hello blog, I’m back.
I’m a big fan of the blog Guitar Ted Productions (he actually updates his blog regularly!) and a while back he mentioned liking to sometimes ride his tried and true routes backwards. I gave that a try tonight with this loop west of town. I usually ride the northern section, which is full of rollers first. That puts you on the dead-flat Chippewa River Trail for an easy 12 mile cruise back into town.
Riding this backwards was a trip. You think you know the route, but with everything backwards the hills hit you differently, the views are different, and where you normally know, without thinking about it, when to burn energy and when to conserve it you now have no idea. I rode a lot slower and used a lot less energy than I could have as I was worried about having a bunch of climbing at the end of the ride. Riding routes backwards is a good little trick for keeping things simple and fresh ride wise and I think I’ll be using it more in the future.