Finally got a decent ride in this weekend. This part of New York has had rain for the last 113 weekends and while there was no sun, there was no rain either.
So I head out to do 20 miles, riding with others I meet on the road. At the end of 20, with the help of those new companions I had an average mile per hour of 15.4.
My plan on the return was to meet up with others again and beat that average. Two obstacles: wind and no other riders!
So, to the point. Why is it that on my return it took a very long time, and significant effort for me to get my FINAL average back to 15? I kept hovering at 14.9 - losing speed on the hills, gaining speed back on the downhill - but never breaking through to 15.
I know a watched pot never boils but this was ridiculous. I actually rode past my house to get to the magic number.
Now mind you, I am not a stupid person. It's not like my speed at this time was 11 or something. I was up near 20 for miles.
Is there some law of physics that the longer you ride the more it takes to get your average up a notch? It sure dropped fast on the uphills.