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Scott Johnsen rode: What a fun ride this ...
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- 36 miles
- 02:06 time
- 17.3 pace
- 1861 calories
What a fun ride this was today. Well, mostly fun. The wind was blasting off the lake. The average wind speed was 25mph with gusts well into the 40mph range. The wind was also swirling. On one stretch, I had the wind blow me from left to right ... almost off the road. I no sooner made that adjustment when the wind blasted me again from the right side! Tricky stuff today. At another point, I noticed that I felt no wind at all, not even wind in my face. I looked down and saw that I was riding 25mph! I must have had the wind directly behind me for that little bit.
It was in the upper 80's and sunny at the start. By the time I hit 17 miles, it was beginning to rain. Just spitting, but the skies were not looking so good. I made it to the top of Alburg bridge and took a short stop before turning around. Soon another rider went by me. It was too bad I was heading back because it would have been fun riding with someone else on such a windy day. I also hit the halfway point with a 19.1mph average for the first half. Seeing that, I knew I was in for a tough return ride.
This ride has many stretches that provide no protection from the wind. So I was feeling every bit of that head wind. That's the price you pay for enjoying a nice tailwind. :-) I rode as steadily as I could manage on the return ride. But it was tough!! A steady headwind would have been a lot easier to deal with than a gusting headwind. That was a little tougher to deal with. I felt like I was riding up a hill with bad pavement most of the way back!! Quite a good test, that's for sure.
The only other noteworthy moment on the ride back was when I returned to St. Albans Bay. I crossed Black Bridge and was hit by a 40mph or 50mph gust that just about knocked me off the bike. I was hanging on for dear life until I rode the 1/3 of a mile or so and got to the Town Beach where I had at least a little bit of protection from the wind.
As I said at the top, this was a really fun ride. Challenging and tough, but also a lot of fun. I wouldn't want to have to ride in that kind of wind everyday, but it's not too tough to take from time to time. :-D