I wanted to get out before the temperature rose too much, and I almost made it. When I hit the road, heading due east to the FI track, it was just after 9.15 a.m. and already the mercury was climbing quite consistently. By the time I got to the track it was what I would deem ‘hot’ and then when I got home I was dripping. Brilliant ride though.
The weather network had the forecast wrong, well the wind direction anyway. It said I would have a light headwind on the way down to the circuit, and then the planned for an expected tailwind on the way back. The deception! I had Marie’s voice chiding me playfully in my head as I was a few kilometres from home and had finally admitted to myself that I had a tailwind (light, but it was there) “The best way to see what the weather’s doing is to go outside!” She has a point.
It took me three laps to get this shot right. I suppose I could have stopped completely to take the shot, and then pretended that I was racing over the finish line, but where would be the fun in that. So instead I tried to estimate the iPhone delay at 32+ km/h and got it wrong the first couple of times, so had to wait another 4.4 km to try again. And yes, I do know that I could have stopped, turned around, ridden back twenty metres and then come at it again, but that would have been the sensible thing to do. Besides, I was timing my laps and that would have screwed everything up royally.
The ride back had some tough moments, thanks to the headwind that I was not expecting, but I still managed to keep an average speed of over 31 km/h. I was surprised frankly. I felt at times like I was pedalling through syrup. You know that feeling when you just can’t seem to go any faster? Horrible!
By the time I pulled back into the drive, my legs were aching. I had pushed hard the last 10 kilometres or so, for no reason other than I wanted to get back and have a coffee and put me feet up. Which is what I did. We then celebrated lunch with our friends from Vancouver Quebec-style, that is to say with a large, gooey Poutine!