I pulled on my bright green chili pepper socks. I purposefully selected these exact socks for this ride because I was already feeling rocket-hot and I hadn’t even left the house!
The weather was utterly fantastic, a cool start and warming up to 75 degrees F. The sun peeked through the clouds as the wind picked up just a little. It felt so good to get outside and ride my bike again after last weekend’s disappointing outcome and I even saw the beginning of the wild flowers coming out too! It was just a hint, but a clear indication that Spring is around the corner.
I was soaking it up, and we were FLYING! Well, I felt like we were flying.
19, 20, 22 mph!
It feels pretty amazing when you can go faster than the recommended speed on local signage.
I was feeling like hot stuff. I never ride that fast, but this day was special, and I WAS CRANKING IT OUT!
Until I wasn’t.
We stopped at a local gas for a quick rest and snack before heading out for the last 10 miles of this 40 mile loop. The plan was to head back out for another 16 for a 56 mile day.
I mounted my bike and we headed down the road. We turned the corner, right into the headwind and my legs screamed in outrage!
Oh, right. I don’t ride 19, 20, or 22 mph. Ever. That was a tailwind and somehow I didn’t realize it. Now it was time to pay my dues for the earlier speed fest.
I should have known, it is always more windy in February. And there isn’t much to slow a huge headwind barreling down the grassy fields while riding out in the country. But I was chili pepper hot! And clueless.
35 miles, I knew there would be no second loop for me.
38 miles, the countdown began. Just 2 more miles until the car (and the glorious chocolate milk at the car that was beckoning my return).
39.2 miles… just keep spinning.
39.7… you’re going to make it. Just move your legs. It doesn’t matter how slow. Just Move Your Legs.
40 miles. Car. Chocolate milk. And a hug from my team leader. I needed that.
To be fair, it was one of the fastest rides I’ve accomplished! Average speed was 15.2 which is ~2 mph faster than I was last year. It’s great progress! Hard earned progress.
I’ll be back at it next week, more miles, but not nearly as fast. And thats okay. It’s not a race, it’s a ride. And the purpose of the ride isn’t about my speed, its about the cause. Good reminders.