The weather was beautiful and clear, but all too often the wind was strong enough to slow me down. I'm glad it wasn't anything like last Friday's 20 mph wind! The route also involved going over a steep, long bridge -- twice. Both going out and coming back. Naturally that slowed me down.
When I have to do a climb like that, I'm thankful that I've developed a little core and arm strength. Otherwise I would have been wavering uncontrollably, perhaps right into the motor traffic.
I was rather disappointed with my average speed; only 12.29 mph. I was hoping to do better than that. At times I was rolling along at 16-17 mph, but as I said, the wind was pesky, and so much of the time it seemed to be against me.
Actually, the wind very often is against us cyclists! One of my books says, there's a trailing arc of 120 degrees behind us where a wind actually helps. Otherwise wind is a hindrance.
Today's ride showed me at least one thing I need to do in order to prep for Tour de Cure 2017: get out there on Sundays and work to ride 50 miles faster and faster, because 12.29 mph is not fast enough!