Iowa Trip: Day 1

22 Sep

Rode the Bayertown Loop with my dad this morning, which is about 13 miles. After we made it back to the starting corner, I took off by myself for a second loop. Rode it in a little over 41 minutes, for a nice 18.5 mph avg! The wind really picked up from the west, and of course, the ride seemed to be headed west about 2/3rds of the time. The bad part about wind is that you almost always spend more time riding into it. The resistance really put a damper on my speed; I could’ve used a nice paceline today! That’s how cycling goes: no matter where you start or finish, the road spends more time going uphill into the wind than not!
The temp was in the low 50’s, so felt a lot more like fall here. The leaves haven’t really started changing yet, so the ride did not have a total fall feel to it. However, the great Iowa country roads provided a nice, smooth surface to cruise on, so no complaints here. Looking forward to some longer rides over the next few days, time permitting.

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One Response to “Iowa Trip: Day 1”

  1. Todd Stoltzfus December 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Some days that wind seems to be coming at you no matter which direction you turn. The last race I was in I knew it was going to be tough when I came down off a bridge with a top speed of only 20 because the wind was trying real hard to blow me back up the bridge. Happy riding.

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