CDV posted a ride to our biking group for this morning (Saturday); distance ~50 miles, pace 16-17 mph. I have ridden a lot of long, slow distance rides this summer but have not been pushing my speed. Last Saturday with near perfect weather and assisted by a fast pace line, I managed a higher average speed and it felt good. Wanting to ride with the group at least for a few miles, I left my house about 6:30 am and rode towards Vermillion, meeting Biking Brady, CDV, KS, and DW about 3 miles out of Vermillion (21 miles into my ride). We rode for the next ~13 miles together but I could not maintain the pace posted. But being the gentlemen they are, they slowed down and Biking Brady and I rode a little behind CDV & DW.
The guys are so strong and I admire how easily they attack the hills and their speed. I'm glad they let me tag along to give me the chance to push myself more than I normally would if I was riding alone the entire ride.
Having to get back for a 9:30 bridal shower, after departing ways as the guys went on to Centerville, I tried to keep going strong. I had 39.33 miles on my bike computer when I got home and being a bit OCD, I had to keep riding to hit the 40 mile mark, even though it was already 9:10 and I had to shower and get ready for the shower.
It felt good to get a 40 mile ride in and I was only a few minutes late for the shower! This afternoon we're off to a wedding!