“Ride #25: May the Wind Always be At Your Back”
|From:||Seth Dillingham||In Response To:||707 Cycling in June, 2001|
|Date Posted:||Tuesday, June 5, 2001 10:32:42 PM||Replies:||0|
|Traditional Irish Blessing|
May the road rise to meet you
This ride was totally unbelievable.
We were invited for a picnic at my uncle and aunt's house (Gary and Ellyn Schlageter), to celebrate my grandparents' anniversary (53rd? 52nd? something like that). They live in Westerly, so I decided I'd ride my bike over there and asked Corinne to meet me there with the truck.
The ride was 17.76 miles. I went out of my way to make it a bit longer than normal, trying to get as close to 20 miles as I could without being really late. I finished in 53:35.
That gives me an average speed of 19.88 miles per hour!
I admit that the wind was at my back for most of the ride, since this wasn't a "loop". That certainly had something to do with it. I also felt better, physically, than I have in awhile.
Look at what that does to the performance graph. I'm hoping to get my averages up there on a regular basis, but not "suddenly" like this: it's something I have to work for. I'm still shooting for 19! Maybe I'll be up there by September, maybe a little earlier.
I can try to talk myself out of it, but so far it's not working: I'm very pleased with today's stats.
The graph above is a "snapshot" of the graph as of today. To see the regular graph, up-to-date with all of the rides for this year, visit this year's cycling diary.
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