I threw the Kona on the Jetta this morning so that after work, I would head out to the NCR Trail and ride. I use the NCR to gauge my fitness. The ride today tells me that I am not ready for anything more than 20 miles, and those miles have to be hill less .

So on the trail, it felt like I was riding in sand. Or at least my brakes may be rubbing. So I unhook the front brakes, but the bike still felt heavy. You feel it in your thighs. I concentrate on pumping the legs. Still slow and heavy. I average about 14 MPH. I don't go fast -- maximum was 18.6 MPH.

I felt like I was going slowly. Maybe later in the season, I will be fast. I'm going to have to work on it.