Rode to my buddies and it took 59 minutes (including a ~2 min rest).
According to Google maps, the route I took was 10.21 miles long. According to my fav weather site we had winds ranging from 12-14 in this hour and though I wasn't always riding directly into it, it was aimed exactly from his house to mine. 80% of the route i had a near direct headwind. The entire route is long gradual hills. I think more uphill than down. A few stop signs and lights thrown in, but mostly open road.
If it matters, I had on MTB shorts, a tight jersey and an ~6-7 lb backpack. No drop bars...flat with bar ends. I'm 5' 11" and ~149 lbs.
Not exactly sure where I'm going with this, just curious what any of you more experienced riders think. I was feeling like I could have kept going for a ways at the same pace, but I'm not sure I could have pumped much harder than I did without needing another break somewhere (going farther or no).
Discounting my intended break and my estimated time at stop lights, I get just over 11 MPH. Is this closer to pathetic or "normal" ? I'm proud of myself either way, I gave it a good run and didn't let the wind talk me into driving.