So I got up at 4:00 am,got into my cycling clothes, got my piece of gum, pumped up the tires and was on the road by 4:20. I noticed right away that there was a Southwest wind again this morning. This meant extra resistance on the uphill part of my lap around the block. Checking out the official weather after my ride it shows 20 mph with gusts to 26. Just another spring morning in Las Vegas!
I was feeling pretty good the first few laps, but about lap 6 It was getting tough to make the pedals turn. No sure why, but I powered through. One thing I like about the laps around the block is I generally get to coast for about 20 to 30 seconds each lap. I use that as recovery time. Its almost like doing interval training.
After powering through 3 or 4 tough laps, its like my body decided to quit protesting and just get it done. It never really became easier, but it wasn't as hard either. I suspect the wind and my mental state towards it was as much to blame. Once I accepted that it wasn't changing and that I was just going to do it, it felt easier.
Somewhere along the way I must have lost count and skipped a lap number since I finished at 9.97 miles and not the 10.47 I had thought. That means I did 21 and not 22 laps.