And I rode. And I suffered. I have to admit that I almost stayed in bed since I've been feeling a little under the weather since Friday and woke up with a massive headache this morning. Instead, I dragged my behind out of bed and met up with Sydney to ride out to the spot where we were meeting the rest of the group. I was a little unsure of how to dress since it had been raining in the morning and was still pretty cool. I went with a short sleeve cycling jersey with arm warmers and cycling shorts. I also wore my pink Zensah compression (calf) sleeves because I wasn't sure how my legs would feel. It turned out to be the perfect choice of outfit as I was comfortable temperature-wise.
Unfortunately, we had a pretty substantial head wind almost the entire ride. Where I live it's famous for crazy cross winds that change direction on a whim (or so it seems). Luckily for me I ride with some pretty strong riders who provide great wind protection for me and who are always looking out to make sure everyone on the ride is okay. After 25 kms riding straight into the headwind we stopped at a convenience store to refuel since the rest of the group had been out for almost 60k (Sydney and I had joined them an hour into their ride). What sweet relief that stop was. I split a Snickers bar with Sydney and massaged the cramps out of my quads.
I felt substantially better on the way home due to the Snickers goodness and some tailwind relief. Once we got back to our meeting spot I considered finishing the ride with the rest of the group. My head was still pounding though and I was worried that I would be holding them back. So, I packed it in and Sydney and I rode home. At the end of it all I had ridden 60km at an average pace of 28.8 km/h. Not bad for such windy conditions.
The rest of the day entailed sitting on the couch and watching stuff on the DVR. For dinner I cooked an awesome chick pea curry that was served over basmati rice with a side of sauteed broccoli. Tonight will be a relatively early bedtime since the plan is to run in the morning. This will be the first run since the half marathon and we're planning about 6k. Cross your fingers that my legs hold up!