The first day of summer arrives today and I decided to go for a bike ride. The mind was willing but the legs had trouble with the NE wind at 13 mph and 19 mph gusts. The wind is a sign of tropical storm Cindy lurking in the Gulf of Mexico trying to make up its mind whether to come ashore on the upper Texas Gulf Coast or Louisiana. We might get a lot of rain or not much depending on the storm’s location on Thursday and Friday. I will take rest days if it does rain. My legs are tired and I believe I am over “training”.
Biking the “Atascocita – Huffman – Walden” route I rode 33.1 miles. The route reverses portions of the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route I ride and the reversed portion put me into a headwind for the first 18 miles. I stopped at the 18.5 mile point at the Huffman Chevron for a quick water bottle and ice refill. Normally this leaves 11+ miles to the end of the ride but with the reversed route there were 14+ miles to the end. From the Chevron station many of those miles were with a tailwind where I got my speed up to 18 mph or more. But the last 4 miles my legs slowed and the energy faded. I was glad to finish at 2:00 PM after starting at 11:22 AM.
There were lots of clouds in the sky but not enough to hold the heat back. During the ride the temperature ranged from 93 to 95.
I saw two other cyclists; one early in the ride and the other less than 2 miles from the end.
If I ride around the same time tomorrow the weather should be like today with rain possibly later in the evening.