It was a beautiful, though somewhat blustery, day for a ride today. A small group met at Fishback Creek Elementary School, rode up to Zionsville High School, which was the starting point of a much larger group ride sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA). From Zionsville we rode a familiar route north to Elizaville, then south and west to Lebanon, then south and east to Whitestown, before deviating from the CIBA route and heading back to Fishback Creek. During the ride, temperatures warmed from the mid-50s to the upper-60s, and the SW winds picked up to 13-17 mph. With the winds at our backs heading north, we were hitting speeds of 30-31 mph without working very hard. Coming back home was a very different story, as we struggled against headwinds and crosswinds to sustain speeds of 15-17 mph. My legs actually felt stronger after we turned into the wind, so, unusually for me, I took a fair share of pulls at the front. Normalized power for the ride was 248W. Kudos to David, Tim W., Kenny and Tommy for an excellent "Tour of the Boonies."
Post-ride, I'm tired and sore. Don't know what I'll have in the tank for a ride tomorrow, but we'll see.
In other Saturday cycling news, Coach Bob rode in some bad luck in the Master's race at the Hillsboro Roubaix. After missing out on the decisive break (which apparently many riders had thought would not be the decisive break), a flat tire put Bob out of the running. These things happen, of course, and it's just a matter of time before Bob's climbing on to the top of the podium this season.