My wife and I were on a group ride recently. This night the only other riders were another tandem couple,that we regularly ride with. The other capt. is one of those that is not happy unless the ave. speed for the ride.. is above a certain speed. [right now 20 mph is his goal] It does not seem to matter to him... how hilly the ride is... or how windy...it might be.... he "needs" to "see" a 20mph ave at the end of the ride. The interesting part... is at the moment their team is not capable of "helping" with this or much anyways, so it is up to my wife and I, to do the job. In general I do not care... and do my part.
Ok so this particular ride... it is quite hilly, and it is a real windy night. I am 8 miles from home, and check the ave..... we are at 20.2 All the way back we are into the wind. The next couple of miles are in the open.... [lots of wind] and gradually uphill. I was not capable of riding at or above our ave.... so I am now "worried" about our ave. dropping... so I [we] crank harder and harder... Once in this mode.. one [me] tends to keep cranking.. I keep checking the ave... we have not lost any yet... but have not gained any.
I now become determined to try and raise the ave... I crank harder and harder... going faster and faster... no change. I am focused on turning the pedals over... through the pain... cranking cranking cranking... yet still no change. I am now in a tunnel... I see nothing but the 20.2 on the computor... and the patch of road in front of me.....hammer hammer hammer.... still no change.
We finally make it to the house... exhausted.. My wife can't speak... my partners want to know what the heck got into me...they said I was pedaling like a mad man.. they check the ave.. and it is 20.6... I say that can't be I have 20.2.......... ah then I realize my distance is short... 8 miles back I had accidently hit the flight deck button... and turned off the computor