Can’t walk the talk
Well, we had good intentions when Mike and I left my house at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening. As we pulled out, we were in solid agreement that we both needed a “casual” ride. I had been fighting the wind and had added a few hills on the way home both Monday and Tuesday, so my legs were beginning to feel it. I’m not sure why Mike needed one.
We did a good job of walking the talk as we crossed the river and plowed up out of the valley into the wind through Mentor to County Line Road. As we turned to the east, we began picking up just a bit of push from the SSW wind, so our pace picked up a little without any effort on our part. When we turned back to the south, however, all logical thought evaporated. With the bulk of the wind behind us, it was a lost cause. Before you could say lickity-split, we were cruising along at 25-27 mph, and once we got started there was no turning back.
The highlight of the ride was coming down the hill into Turners by the light of our headlamps. In the dark, speed seems greater than it really is, and that long twisting downhill was smooth and exhilarating!
We finished the 28 miles with an average speed of 16.8 mph, so it would have been interesting to see a split from prior to turning with the wind. I was actually having so much fun I forgot to grab one! Here’s the GPS track anyway. I finished the day with 48 miles under my belt.
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