Saturday, July 03, 2010
I must admit that I was bummed. I was looking forward to getting a true test of where my fitness and cycling levels are right now compared to other riders who are better than me but when I saw the that the wind was blowing 20-25 mph, and at times even harder than that, I knew it would obscure the "results." I have been looking forward to this ride for about one month and so again I was a bit bummed but I resolved to let that go and just enjoy the ride.
We started off with the wind at our backs and thus it was very fast. At the 11 mile mark I was averaging about 20 mph and keeping up with some of the faster riders. The fastest few riders may have been Cat 1 or 2 racers because they were insanely fast, probably faster than anyone I've ever ridden with. I could never keep up with them but I felt good that I was with the next pack.
However, at that point we turned straight into the wind for about 14 miles and those guys and one gal dropped me. Be that as it may, I was actually most pleased with this part of my ride because I just settled into the aero-bars, found a workable pace, and held on to that for the entire stretch. To my surprise one of the riders dropped back a bit and I was able to catch her and we basically rode together the rest of the way.
At about mile 24 we turned back with the wind again and it felt so good to have something left in my legs so we hammered the rest of the way home. Except for a little climb or two we never dipped below 20 mph--well I suppose I slow down a bit when I got that flat only one mile from the finish but I fixed it in no time and completed the ride.
I came in at 28.2 miles and 17.5 average speed which was really exciting for me given the wind conditions. I am horrible into the wind and so to be able to maintain any kind of speed was very satisfying.
There's another group ride just one mile from my house that leaves in 1.5 hours and I think I'm going to go on that one too. I'm hoping it's a little slower paced to allow for recovery but I'm ready for anything. The wind is still blowing pretty hard this morning, and probably still out of the south, but you know the old saying--whatever doesn't kill me will make me stronger.
God bless and thanks for reading.