I haven't done the Farmers Market ride in, like, forever. It's the same route, week after freakin' week, and after you ride it for the millionth time in a season monotony starts to set in.
But it's a good benchmark for fitness, so I joined tonight's ride to see how I'm doing.
First, it wasn't a good night for benchmarking. The wind was blowing something fierce, so it made riding hard a challenge.
Still, I'm not at my best. For example, when I'm in decent shape I'll climb the hill on Old Salem Road, before the turn onto Teague Rd, at 25+. Tonight, I was struggling to climb much slower than that.
But hey, it's early in the season, I have only 350 miles in, and we still managed to average 17 mph over the 25 or so miles. Not bad for an early season, wind-whipped ride.