Squeeze Play

Another windy day greeted us today.  A strong South wind meant a tough ride was in store.  As anticipated the group sped along Old Salem Rd. producing a large echelon across the road.  But as you know not everyone can fit in the front echelon.  By the time we hit Farmingdale Rd. riders were already struggling in the back.

About halfway down Farmingdale Rd. I looked down at my Garmin and it read 38 mph.  We were haulin’ tale.   After a couple of rotations in the cross wind as we headed West the group had been destroyed.  There were only about 7 or 8 of us left in the front.  Unfortunately, that was 1 too many to fit comfortably in the echelon.  About 1/2 way to the “T” Brock W. put in a monster pull and shot me right out the back.  I was the last one in line and couldn’t get a draft.  So I sat up and spun to the “T” to wait for them as they approached from the North.

The ride back was tough as riders were tired and the cross wind was not letting up.  I was able to pull through on a couple of occasions but the “yo-yo” effect was killing me.  I sat up for the sprint and decided not to duke it out.

34 tough miles for the day.  I’m tired.