|The Slinger loop clockwise, then the Trenton loop counterclockwise.|
For a fleeting moment this afternoon we touched 60°, making this the warmest day so far in 2018. The last 60° day in West Bend was way back on December 4, a date whose average is only 35°! I celebrated today with a 37-mile ride in the company of friends. It wasn’t my longest ride—that distinction belongs to Friday’s 40 miles on my cyclocross bike. It wasn’t my hilliest ride—I did 1,440 feet of climbing on March 11 and only 1,385 today. But today’s ride was my fastest: 16.8 mph average on my road bike. That’s OK for this time of year, particularly considering the lack of saddle time lately. We weren’t out to kill this one.
So, today’s ride was a confidence builder for next Sunday’s Cheesehead Roubaix. And the weather looks good for the week ahead. With a few focused weekday rides, I should be feeling strong for my first metric century of the new season.