Shooting the Gap
Sunday: an outdoor ride. I had just enough money in my tight budget to pay the sitter an hour, but it was the best 10 bucks I could spend. I admit I waffled about riding that day. The forecast was for 38 degrees, with 10-20 mph winds and gusts to 30mph. These are not optimal conditions. After buzzing about this decision via social media, I was encouraged enough to stop whining and just ride. So I did.
When I started out, the “F” word spontaneously flew out of my mouth for 20 solid minutes, interrupted only by the intermittent other word, “cold.” Finally, I warmed to tolerable conditions. The headwinds were strong and steady and pushed back my efforts to more forward. Despite the cold and strong winds, I went faster than I expected for this time of year, faster than in years past. Which goes to the theory that cycling is cumulative, and you do gain strength with experience and age (even age! Whooohooo!).
When I returned, my face was a half-moon of bright red. I acquired a nice little sun/windburn. Otherwise, I was in good shape–a little tired from staying warm, and not sore a bit the next day.
I guess the trainer has been paying off.
PS–snow rain mix at time of this writing, and forecast for the next 4 days. Sigh. Got this ride in just in time.