Riding pavement with full timing. Sounds reasonable enough. Alfred and started out joined by Terry and Reinhardt. Terry and Reinhardt would ride in the group but would not influence Alfred and me. We were screaming along and stopped together for lunch.
On route turned south and our tailwind suddenly became a lion of across wind. After passing through a dust storm which hind us and vehicles from view we were hammered by cross wind gust as strong as yesterday’s or stronger. It required constant attention and leaning to manage the next 48 km. One of those gusts put me in the other lane facing a car. Leaning and pushing hard to the right put me where i needed to be. Reinhardt and Alfred were both blown off the road leaving just Terry and me. With great determination we arrived with the dinner truck sharing first. Reinhardt arrived followed by Alfred.
I really wasn’t very energetic about the race today still feeling rough from yesterday’s ride. Once on the bike and warmed up I knew I could do my best. That has been my daily objective, always to do my best. In my mind that’s not the same as just trying to do my best.