A funny thing happens when you enjoy day after day of March temperatures that are 30-40 degrees above normal: when the temperature drops to only 10 degrees above normal you feel cheated. That was my lot today, and it took most of the afternoon for me to talk myself into throwing a leg over the bike. Waiting didn’t result in higher temperatures, but it did allow the sunshine to return and that buoyed my spirits. I didn’t have a lot of expectations for today’s ride. Maybe that’s why it turned out so well. I rode 51 miles—my longest ride of the year—including much of the 2012 Cheesehead Roubaix route.
The week ahead looks pretty quiet. Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day. Tuesday is supposed to be very windy, so that will be a good day to hit the mountain bike trails if there’s no rain. Wednesday should be a good day for an after-work road ride. Thursday is another scheduled rest day. Friday might be another mountain bike excursion. Next weekend is too far away to predict with any accuracy, as even a little bit of rain could force a big change to my plans.
It’s almost 10 p.m., so the plan for right now is to stop writing and turn on NBC Sports for same-day coverage of the Critérium International. I already know who won, but I’ll enjoy watching anyway. Next Sunday we get live coverage of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, always one of the best races of the year.