After work last night, I finally got out on my bike. It was in the high 50's and a little windy, but proved to be quite educational. In fact, I learned a few things:
1. My right leg doesn't behave the same as my left leg does. Or maybe the shape is different? Because my knee warmer stays put on my left leg, but the one on the right leg bunches up. I tried to fix this a few times, which must have looked strange to the Jeep Wrangler that passed me while I had my shorts rolled up, trying to adjust my leg warmer.
2. Tree branches blend in well with the road. Especially large ones that are in areas without any trees around. That you are heading towards at 25 mph. And you just barely avoid.
3. If you don't think about your speed you don't get as tired. I'm notorious for trying to keep a certain average speed. I used to regularly average 18 mph on this same route that I've been averaging less than 16 lately. But yesterday was windy, so I decided speed didn't matter since all I would do is wear myself out fighting "invisible hills" and I still averaged over 16 mph.
4. Molasses cookies make good bike fuel. Okay, I only ate one before I left, but I felt great!