4th of July Ride:
When - 8:00 am
Meeting place - Zestos (Wilderness Perk) - 14th and Pine Lake
Destination - Cortland Bar and Grill for toast and beer (if they're open)
Pace - Tooooodlin'
Gravy, Jendeluxe, Adrian? and I are in. Anybody else?
Best Team Name - Kim and Bobbie (Bonfire in my Pants)
Best Performance by a Ringer - tie between Kevin M. and Peter B.
Toughest Performance - Da Term for running when she expected to be biking
Most Generous Performance - Gravy, for not pulling away from me while my wife was watching
First team to the bar - Gravy and Kew
Anybody else have any other awards to give?
Tomorrow I head out to the Tour de Nebraska. I'll try to send some pics to my Facebook account while I'm gone, otherwise expect to see lots of pics when I get back. Have a good week, everybody.
This weekend I had hoped to get a long ride in - I had planned to do 60 miles by going through Bennett, Firth and then Hallam before coming home. The wind was supposed to be out of the ESE, so I thought that I'd get some help with the wind.
Jace came out to ride with me and to help taking turns into the wind, but he had a lot on his plate for the day, so he ended up going to Bennett and then turning around. Adrian was going to ride as well, but ended up having something a little more important to do :).
As soon as I turned towards Bennett, the wind picked up and shifted to come straight out of the south - so now instead of half of the ride being with the wind, only a quarter of the ride would be with the wind. By the time I got to Roca road, I was so tired of fighting it that I decided to turn and ride the Roca rollers instead of continuing on to Firth. Battling the bike through a 25 mph crosswind up and down those hills was quite a workout. The payoff came when I finally hit 77 and was able to ride about 28-30 mph all the way home (hit 43 mph just before Saltillo road). I ran into Megan M. on 14th on the way home - she was just heading in after doing an easy ride in preparationf for her race in Norfolk. I hope everybody had a good time there and survived the weather.
On Sunday, I rode with my wife down to the zoo - she is getting more enthusiastic about trying to ride more this summer. Today I'm playing in a golf tournament with my dad, so no riding, but I'll try to hit the teamFIRE ride on Wednesday and at least one good long ride before the race I'm doing on Sunday.
Last year, I found I was more comfortable riding in a group, and could stay with the group for about half of the ride, or until they got frisky and started racing. My endurance was definitely better, but I still got dropped regularly.
Last night when riding out west of Pioneers Park, for the first time I felt like I could attack the hills with the others and even participate in the sprint into Emerald. What a blast! Of course, Adrian still rode away from me as we came back to Pioneers Park, but I'm working hard to forget that part. As far as I'm concerned, the real ride was over once we turned back from Emerald.
In other matters, according to the forecast, Saturday is supposed to have a 10-15 mph wind out of the SE. I was thinking of taking highway 2 to Bennett, then ride the rollers back to 77, then go south to Cortland on 77 (maybe a rest stop at the bar and grill there), with the Hallam loup a possibility if conditions and legs are good. The route is about 60 miles. Anyone interested?