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 Ride Stats
Distance: 32.61 miles Altitude Gain: 1,960 ft Avg Speed: 14.65 mph
Route: Fitzpatrick-Middle Road Avg Grade: 0 % Max Grade: 0 %
Max HR: 142 bpm Avg HR: 111 bpm Terrain: Road: Hills
Bike: custom built Cipollini RB800 Road Club: Schuyler County Cycling Club
Weather Conditions: Cloudy 60 F SSE wind @ 17 mph
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 2020 Wind Tunnel
Temperatures were in the low sixties today which is rare though far from unheard of in January in Upstate NY. It is difficult to view it as the January thaw as it has been a mild winter so far with less than a foot of snow total and only a handful of the bitter cold days. Couldn't let the day go by without at least a short ride despite the high winds and high humidity. It wasn't my first ride of the year but it did include the first real climb of the year. We've been hitting the computrainers pretty hard for a couple months now, and I am about halfway through my winter season weight training in the plus column. On the minus side was my weight gain from fighting a losing battle in the Christmas Cookie war. My weight isn't out of control but I have risen back into the cement truck climbing range. So I headed out into a hard and heavy headwind and hit the first climb up Fitzpatrick. Legs felt poor on the first steep section and got almost immediately bogged down. Went into spin mode sooner than I had hoped and waited for the grade to lesson on the upper half where I hoped I would recover and make up some time. Encountered a nasty crosswind though and it put a damper on the remainder of the climb. Legs never got a decent opportunity to recover in the rollers after the climb. Whenever I would build up any speed a gust of wind would show up and push be back denying me any momentum. It took an hour to cover the first twelve miles but after that I turned out of the wind and caught a tailwind home. It was fairly easy to keep the speeds in the upper twenties once I got through Pine Valley. Had no difficulty breaking the thirty mile and hour barrier on the sprint section to Millport maxing out at 35.9 mph. After the sprint it was an easy cruise home though my legs were quite sore. The wind was the big factor today. I was really disappointed with the first climb, but it was climbing into a nasty headwind. I was happy with the sprint but then again it was fairly easy with the tailwind. Satisfying ride overall as with the sixty degree weather. I had no issues with trying to shift with numb hands, the memory of which is still too fresh. Temperature should be rideable tomorrow though not as nice as today. May try to get out if legs survive the race pace on the computrainer in the morning.

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