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.