i was doing fine today until i hit nine-mile hill. then the slope and the wind, the visible and the invisible, conspired against me. i slowed to 10mph climbing the western ascent. it was awful. not that i'd been going fast anyway. it's just that the slow hurt now.
oh what a difference a couple of miles can make. i reached my turn around and headed back for home. with little effort, i rode over 20mph most of the way back. my average grew from 13.0mph to 16.1mph over the final 10 miles. the first two mph came back in the first four miles!
tomorrow, if the snow allows it, i will be riding my version of intervals. i'll explain then if it happens. (20.36 miles @ 16.1mph)