21.02 Miles 06/09/11
Today was very different than yesterday, weather-wise. It was cloudy, the winds had shifted to ENE, and oh yeah - it was 40 degrees colder. 95 during yesterday's ride, 55 today. I was determined to take an easy spinning recovery ride after yesterday's vomit inducing 'overdoing it' ride. I decided on a route with mostly crosswinds and vowed to do my best to keep my heart rate under 140 for the entire ride, or at least keep my average under that.
The 5+" of rain we received overnight had different plans. Both of my "turn-off" roads were under water, and I wasn't about to take any chances on it's depth like I did on Memorial Day. It was way too cold to make that mistake. This meant a ride directly west on Caton Farm Road to Rt. 47 - which was quite nice, due to the tailwinds. Part of me wanted to turn around at mile 6 or 7 because I knew the ride back was going to be almost directly into a cold headwind, but I kept going.
The return ride was as expected - character building. I'm happy I stuck it out to mile 10 headed west because a month ago I would have done anything to avoid riding back home in headwinds like this and now I was just shrugging it off as necessary. At the risk of sounding repetitious, placing myself in these not-so-nice conditions is great prep work and a great confidence booster for RAGBRAI.
I did manage to accomplish my goal of keeping my avg HR under 140 coming in at 135. I was only above 150 for a second or two, and even managed to keep it in check on the Caton Farm hill leading to Ridge Road in a headwind.