I left the stress behind and was able to get in a few miles today. Just an incredible, absolutely perfect day for riding here in NC today. Temps were in the low 70's with sunny skies. Plus the wind was not too bad and actually didn't work against me too badly for a very nice change.
Mother Nature has teased us this week with extremely nice weather. Daffodils and other spring flowers have started pushing their way up through the planting beds. The buds on the early blooming trees look to be on the verge of bursting open if the temperatures stayed like this for a few more days. Unfortunately it could be a very drastic change over the weekend with the possibility of sleet, snow and freezing rain......Back to reality!!
It's truly amazing the difference between riding in 70 degree weather versus 40 degree weather. Today I felt like I could have climbed the steepest mountain and not blinked (or bonked!). I managed to carve out 65 miles in about 3hrs 20 mins with an average speed 18+ mph which I felt pretty good about without having any wheels to ride behind. I was even in my 52/12 for 3-4 miles on a flat stretch where I had a little helping breeze and just sat there crunching out a nice cadence. Now that was bliss......
There were more dogs on the road today than I've seen over the last 12 mos combined so they much be enjoying the weather as well. However, the Swans seemed to be very complacent just floating on the ponds.....those were the critters that I was the most concerned with.
Man......what a great, great day to ride!!! And I really needed it!!!!
Saturday: See pic below. Stepped out in the cold drizzle to get the mail and saw that that some of the daffodils we have couldn't wait any longer.....Boy are they in for a very rude surprise.