Did my first real commute to work on an actual work day today. I have test run it a couple of times on my days off. It was 9 miles one way. And, on the way home, I stopped at the gym and worked out for 40 minutes before riding the 9 miles back home.
The ride in the morning was a blast. Made awesome time. Was spinning real good. A little humid but cool. I probably had a slight tail wind. I felt great when I got to work. The ride home was not as much fun. lol
After working out, I started the ride and had a 10-15 mile headwind the entire way. Upper 90ies for temperature and in the 100's for heat index. Hardest 9 miles I have ever done. Wore me out more than a 30 plus mile ride. I figure, until it rains on me, I can't possibly have much worse conditions to ride in and I was able to do it.
After showering and eating and re-hydrating, I am feeling pretty good now.