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An Attempt at 16 Miles in One Hour on the Mountain Bike…

It started out simple enough, when I got home from work…  My wife had to take the kids to swimming so I was riding solo…  It was excellently warm out for October, about room temperature actually (68, not the hyper-stupid 80 that they’re pushing now for a summer thermostat setting) and I chose the mountain bike and less speed for a lack of traffic. 

I started out into the wind, and it was exceptional, with just a simple desire to do 16 miles.  The roads had just been oiled so I was off in the gravel on the side to keep my bike from getting all of that gnarly crap on it.  About three miles in, I got to thinking, “Geez, I wonder if I could hit that 16 in an hour flat.” 

At that second, it was on.  I put the hammer down.

I struggled mightily with the wind and a building storm:

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Still, even as gnarly as that looks (and if I’d have snapped that looking to the left it was even worse), it was fairly nice out.

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The trees are starting to change too…  Anyway, I hammered on and quit worrying about the road oil:

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I rolled into the driveway, 16.77 miles in 1:04 and some change…  just missed it.

Ah well, 15.55 mph, after lolly gagging for the first three, is close enough for government work.

I wish all Michigan autumns were like this…  If tradition holds, it’ll be 34 (1 C) degrees and raining on Halloween.

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