61* when I started 64* when I finished. Windiest ride I can remember. The winds were 28MPH gusting to 40MPH according to weather.com
I did the Heritage Park ride that was a staple of my training last season. One last time before the end of the year felt great. When I turned onto Pflumm, I saw a bird flying backwards trying to go into the wind. I knew then, that Pflumm was going to be harder than ever. The wind was crazy. There were multiple times where I had to lean into the wind in order to prevent being knocked off the road. Normally I’m just worried about vehicles on the road. Today, I had to worry about debris flying into my face.
I have no idea what my FTP is, but I’m pretty positive I wasn’t in Zone 1-2 for the majority of that ride. On the way out I was into the wind. On the way back, I was trying to get back in time for a meeting. I’m still super happy that I went out into this wonderful weather (for December).
And, Virtual Partner, I’ll get you next time. I try to keep my rides at 15MPH average, even when I’m on my mountain bike. I watched my virtual parnter on my 310XT pull away from the beginning. I was playing catch-up the entire time. At one point I was over 12 minutes behind. Then I got the wind at my back. I finished strong. I also made it back in time to get to my meeting!