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Today, compared to yesterday, demonstrated that recovery is a major part of fitness--and I was able to display some level of form as the ride progress in a beautiful fashion. I took my time at the start, and when I was feeling it, I went. Spent a lot of day in a solo mode, which had moments of bliss. However, when a train came by, I made to tag along and make some time. The final sections were revelatory, as I had two guys on my wheel up the hill after the lunch stop (where I pulled away with a solid burst) and up the section through Marlton. Spent some time alone on Kettle Run (my south Jersey training grounds) before the final hill through Cherry Hill, which was very, very tough considering my gearing and intent on finishing out the day in strong form. This ride showed me how much you feel each undulation on the terrain, and was possibly one of the best days of bike riding I have ever experienced. From the fog and mist in the farm fields to the shining rays coursing through the woods and the sight of Kelly at the finish line, I was in an elevated state of awareness that tied together mental and physical. There was no thinking, just turning the pedals and keeping rhythm with the road.