I had a post all ready to go tonight, moaning about the record hot temperatures we’ve endured in central Texas for the last two weeks, and how it’s affected my biking (I don’t get out as much). But a little cold front formed up north, and slid our way bringing overcast skies and even a drop or two of rain. I got out after work and had a great ride.
I’m always pleasantly surprised at how well I do after a longer than usual layoff. Today I rode almost 23 miles at an average speed of 16.8 mph. That’s 1.5 mph faster than my typical ride. Part of it was due to not having ridden since the 15th (Sunday), and part of it was due to the 79°F (26°C) temperature when I left my house. The ridiculous upper 90s that sap my energy didn’t show up today. It was more humid than usual, but who cares?
We might even get a little rain over the weekend, so my Sunday morning ride has the potential of being a comfortable one, too. But the forecast for next week has us back in the sauna again. I’ll be sure to freeze my water bottles before heading out on my next ride (that way, the water will stay cold for at least the first 10 minutes!).