Great group outta Family Bike Shop today, started with 13, popped a couple, lost one mid-ride to domestic concerns. Major distress on my part for the first hour, legs were as closed as a Kansas liquor store on Easter Sunday morning - highest volume week I've had so far with ~ 9.5 hours prior to this morning, incl. some tempo intervals. Comfy in second hour. Third hour, average pace in the low 20's... kinda hot for an up & down ride. Got dropped on a long hill, badly. Lost a quarter mile to the lead 3 up the hill. TT'ed back up to the group over the top, dragging another straggler up. Hung tough in the rollers. Got going on the long flat. Pushed the pace hard. Discovered how to win the race to the sprint line without sprinting... push the pace so high, nobody can come around to actually sprint. Got 3-4 hours of L2 on tap for tomorrow AM.
And there was rejoicing in the land, for the Rouleur was once again dying on the hills, yet rouleuring it all over the damned flats!
Artist's Impression: Rejoicing in the Land