I had been planning on getting a few miles in this weekend. I had obligations yesterday which precluded a morning ride, so I figured this morning would be a great time for a ride. I had thought of surpassing last weekends 20 miles. Last night I checked the weather and the forecast for the morning was for light winds in the 5 to 10 mile an hour range, temps in the low 70's and sun.
So I got ready to head out this morning a little after 8:00 and imagine my surprise when I heard some strong wind gusts. I didn't think much of it. I checked my spokes, put air in my tires, put on my helmet and set out. The gusts weren't bad heading up my street. I made the turn out onto Blue Diamond and the true nature of the wind hit me. It seems stating about 8:00 the winds kicked up to 20 mph sustained and gusts up intot he 30's from the SSW and I was pedaling West. Right into the wind.
I decided to just keep the cranks turning for a bit and see what happened. After 30 minutes I took a break, checked my Garmin and saw that I had only gone about 4 miles. I rested for a minute then got back to it. I made it to the junction with HWY 159 almost 15 minutes later. I was done. I was tired of fighting the wind and it was time for the pay off - downhill with the wind. I made the turn and didn't really have to pedal most of the way back.
Looking at the Garmin record of the ride, I made it back in under 10 minutes and hit 31.4 mph - all without pedaling! It sure helped the average speed for the ride. :)