So, Sunday, three weeks after my last ride, became the day to start catching up. My Sunday "360 ride" begins (usually) 10 minutes before sunrise, in this case 6:35am. I glanced at the thermometer as I left the house: 48 degrees, and went back for another layer on my chest. The flashing lights at Big Lots, where I start, showed a comforting 57 degrees. Two things: I was running late, and "wheels down" didn't happen until 6:45am; and I know that seven minutes into the ride a series of ups and downs will drop the temperature at least ten degrees. Nevertheless, I left the wind jacket in the car and went with the long sleeve undershirt and jersey, and of course, tights.
Just because I started at sunrise didn't mean I had warming rays hitting my back. What with the hills, it took 37 minutes before the sun actually got to my body. No wind. Body working smoothly, if somewhat weak. I felt great, albeit a gear or two short. At the turn onto Bee Cave Road, I had lost five minutes (off average time), but didn't feel stressed about it. For one thing, I hadn't touched the bike (gas station ride notwithstanding) since State Finals on the 1st. That meant I had not replaced the aerobars. My water bottle holder broke as I readied to start, forcing me to put the bottle in my Camelbak, which meant an additional stop to change bottles. Bottom line: I knew at the beginning that my time would be less than average, so relaxed and enjoyed the ride.
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