Saturday, May 11, 2013

North wind ride!

It's a rare day when we get a north wind and good riding weather here in NTX.  DH was to ride first with my ride following, but he didn't feel up to it this morning, so I got the first ride of the day.

I loaded up the water bottles, and checked my gear, and added some snacks to the bike bag.  The sun was shining, but the temps in the high 60's to low 70's.  I opted for the Craft Sun Sleeves, to protect my arms instead of sunscreen.  The sleeves work really well, and are around SPF50, plus they are highly evaporative of moisture so they really cool you off.  If I could find some for my legs, I'd buy 'em!

The wind was blowing around 15+ out of the north, as I slogged into it, and mostly up hill.  This would let me get the egregious boulder-seal out of the way first, leaving the lovely smooth run down (yes down hill) 543 with the tailwind!  Running the East-west legs of the ride were ok, as there are enough trees to make the crosswinds manageable.

The run down 543 was indeed sweet, and I averaged 24mph according to Strava.  That was a PR for me, which was nice--a little bit of ego-boo, after a month of mostly being off the bike.  When I got home, the knees were a bit tired, and once on Nemesis Hill, the quads tried to cramp up a little, mostly from lack of use recently, than any tendency of mine to cramp up.

At home, DH met me at the door in his ride gear, ready at last to test out his injured knee.  I'm glad he got out too, as it is a truly lovely day for a ride!


  1. Looks like a great ride. Lu and I got in our first ride of the year today with a BBQ lunch afterwards. Angus wasn't happy to be left home alone but we'll ake it up to him tonight.

  2. I'm just getting back on the bike regularly after the knee blow out. Probably not ready for anything like this, but it does look like fun.

    Have a Happy Mother's Day.


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