I had a great ride today -- only 32 miles but some short, steep hills along the way. We have a nice road along the the reservoir in Ft. Collins, and today was the perfect day to ride this route -- blue water, green hills, blue sky and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Perfect.
The route has the steepest hills I've done, all less than 300 ft. vertical, but with a grade that goes up to 15%. Without a triple I would've been walking. Embarassingly enough, on the steepest hill a runner passed me easily. I think I was going ~4mph. However, on the north end of the reservoir is a long, straight downhill, and I hit my top speed ever -- 51mph. And I think the speed limit through there is 35! I can see it now: "No, officier I don't know how fast I was going, I was kinda busy at the time. Let me check my computer."