Woo hoo! New personal record
It took me 15 minutes and 34 seconds to get home from work yesterday. Before this, my best time was just shy of 19 minutes. That amounts to a 17 mph average, exactly, over the course of 4.6 or 4.7 miles. If that doesn't sound very impressive, there are two hills that aren't terrible, but are long, and slow a Clyde down, so a fast ride including the hills isn't easy.
I'm not really sure why the difference is so huge. I've been training on hills a lot lately ( and cursing Mr Beanz the whole time!
), and I've been focused on staying in the big chain ring as much as possible, plus it was a balmy 80 degrees, making the air a little bit less dense. Plus, I don't sprint every day, and haven't in a while, so if I've been getting stronger lately, this is the first time I've tested it, and that could make the gap seem bigger...?
I can't make the commute home that quickly by car more than once every week or two, thanks to rush hour traffic. It's "fun" that I can go faster with my bike on the surface streets, than I can in a car on I-5.
When I got home, I was breathing pretty hard, but relaxed quickly, and felt good. The commute took little enough out of me that I went kayaking last night, although that wasn't very hard work. Anyway, I feel like it's a big accomplishment, and I've been telling everyone who'll listen ... whether they care about cycling or not.