Back in the day, I used to work on being somewhat fast. A few times a week, I would get out and time trial it either on the route pictured above or on the slightly shorter High School Out and Back route. My records are kind of sketchy, but I think I remember the fastest I was ever able to do either of those was just under 20 mph, but that took the right conditions of rest, no wind, and the right motivation.
Yesterday afternoon, I had to visit a lawyer for some estate planning stuff. Yeah, I can think of a better way to spend part of an afternoon, but sometimes you’ve gotta be responsible. I commuted home from work by bike, took care of my business, and found myself back home by 3:30.
I decided I would take a quick ride to put myself over 40 for the day. It was really warm, but not a perfect afternoon for riding because of the wind. As I took off, I decided to give it my all and see what happened. Frankly, I’ve not done that in a long time…and not at all on the Madone so I wasn’t sure what I would be able to do. After all, I already had 20 miles under my legs, a decently hard workout in the morning, and a short night’s sleep because the baseball game the night before went into extra innings. I figured that worst case, I would wear myself out and would be able to count it as a good workout.
As I pulled back into the driveway an hour and 12 minutes later, I knew I had left it all on the road. I was shot – no doubt about it. When I checked my average speed, I was quite pleased. 19.1 mph is consistent with those days back when I was trying to be fast. But, boy….I was tired!
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