Another decent day… June 20, 2007 at 8:14 pm

I wasn’t able to ride into work today for various reasons. That sucked, but the weather tonight was nearly perfect for a late evening cruise around Lake Sammamish. Just to make life a little interesting I went around the lake clockwise tonight. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t risk it, but it was late enough that traffic wasn’t insane. My average speed was just under 21mph. Not too bad for a quickie evening ride. [Ride Data]

I am not sure if it is because I am riding more or because I am getting used to a higher performance bike, but I really notice things like my detailer hesitating or the chain skipping now. It could also be that I ride in a lot more rain now than I did in the past too, but I never had to work on my bike as much in Arizona! Ok, I ~know~ some of it is the rain, but some is also my level of pickiness!

I suspect that I could fairly easily do the loop around the lake in under an hour.  Some of the delay was stop lights, but the computer doesn’t count all of that time for the average.  It is ~not~ a race, but it is fun to see what can be done.

I am planning on joining some friends for an after noon ride around the lake tomorrow.  It will be interesting to see how the events compare.  I tend to actually ride faster when I am with people.  I am not sure how much of that is competitiveness or because I can draft a little, but generally speaking I do ride faster.  I always seem to kick it up a notch when I am passing people too.  :)

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