So I've had a couple fun rides lately - one where I hammered longer than I had ever before and one where I got soaked to the bone.
The first was a fun ride on the Eagleman Triathlon course with some folks from the Annapolis Triathlon Club. Noel and I headed out early in the morning and headed over the bridge to the Eastern Shore. It turned out to be one of the more fun rides I've had in a while.
I jumped on with the fast group out of the gate and didn't stop. We basically pace-lined for 56 miles without slowing down. We got things spinning up to a 21 ish mph pace and kept hammering at that pace until we hit the wind. We kept hammering as hard in the wind but didn't go as fast. And when I say "we" I really mean most of the other guys in the group who were pulling up front. I was operating a bit out of my comfort zone and needed to use all my energy to keep from being spit out the back. I pulled once or twice, but mostly I hung on the back. I wasn't a parasite, but it did take a bit of work for me to hang on. I was pretty impressed that I was able to hold a 19.8 mph pace over 56 miles without one rest break.
It was a huge blast keeping up a high rate of speed and not actually stopping for a break. I'm pretty sure I've never ridden straight through this far. Now I will say that the course was pretty flat and lended itself to hammering, but still a strong output. Here's the course:
Today I decided to ride in the rain. Well I really didn't decide to rain in the rain as much as I decided to ride when I knew I was going to get rained on when I rode. I felt a bit guilty about neglecting the bike to run so I decided that I need to get out on the bike regardless of the weather. I was hoping that I would at least get a little riding in before the heavens opened up, but I hadn't made it to the South River bridge (~1.5 miles) before it was raining sideways and I felt like I was getting pushed off the side of the bridge.
It poured pretty much for the rest of the hour long ride. The best part of the rain was that it rained so hard so fast that I was soaked to the bone immediately and just kind of settled in and enjoyed the ride. I actually felt really good about my ride once I settled in and felt like I rolled at a pretty good pace. 17.1 mph in sideways rain and strong wind. Not too bad. The map is below: