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Jun 11

The Wind Changes Everything

I did another ride out to Grand Haven today.  This time, however, there wasn’t a strong head wind like last time.  In fact, there was even a bit of a tail wind during parts of the ride.  However, I was hindered a bit by some rain as I went through Allendale.  Nevertheless I made the 35 mile ride in under 2 hours, 1:46 to be exact.

I did have one interesting experience on the ride.  I just about got clipped by a tow truck about halfway into my ride as it passed me.  I figured that he was just being a jackass who didn’t want to share the road.  I gave my standard “what the hell” gesture which caused the guy to pull over.  I thought he was going to yell at me (like so many other drivers tend to do), but instead he stopped to apologize and to make sure he didn’t in fact clip me.  Kind of a refreshing change, however, I would have rather not had the experience at all.

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I felt great throughout the ride and averaged 20+ mph for the second half of my ride.  I probably would have averaged 20+ mph for the whole ride except that the part of the ride going through downtown can be be slow and tedious because of the stop lights and traffic.  This was my first ride in the rain and it wasn’t as unpleasant as I thought it might be.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been different socks (lightweight socks rather than cotton socks) and glasses or some sort of visor to keep the rain out of my eyes.

I finished up my ride at Loose Spokes – the LBS where I got my bike – because I noticed the front brakes were rubbing.  They were able to do a quick adjustment for me and it is riding great again.  I just wonder how long it was dragging before I noticed it. 

Tomorrow is another swim and run combo workout day.  I’ve been icing my hamstring at night, so hopefully it doesn’t bug me too much on the run.

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