Here’s the thing about streaks: once you get a good one going, there’s great incentive to keep it alive. Take my streak of weekend rides, for example. In normal circumstances, there is no way I would have cycled today. The sun was shining, but the temperature was at freezing and there was a steady 20mph wind, gusting to over 30mph. I had absolutely no interest in subjecting myself to those conditions, but the thought of ending my streak on sunny day, regardless of temp and wind, was too much to bear. If my streak is going to end, it needs to end with a proper calamity – weather, injury, mechanical, whatever. But certainly not in the sunshine.
I headed out.
I’ve written before on the science behind wind resistance and cycling. You can read about it here or simply know the analytic conclusion: riding in the wind just plain blows (pun intended). I struggled up Rte 234, often fighting to keep my speed above 8 mph. I could feel the wind pushing me backward. When I made the turn at the nine mile point, it was sweet relief. The rest of the ride home was at twice the speed with less effort.
So the streak is intact for at least another weekend. The good news is it is a three-day holiday for me so I’ll have some extra opportunities to ride. The bad news is the forecast is for temps to once again be 5-10 degrees below normal. I’ve never thought of 60 degrees as being particularly warm, but right now it would be positively balmy!