This morning's ride into work was one of those almost perfect mornings, but was a skeaky preview of the afternoon. 5:30am and the wind was already blowing pretty hard for that time of day. It was a joyous tailwind for the ride in though. 70 degrees, but humid and with that tailwind it was like it took no effort. I've been on the bike a few days in a row with some hard efforts mixed in, so I enjoyed the easy ride.
Going home was different. That wind was there, but in my face the whole way home and it was stronger (12mph steady gusting to 20mph or so). I wasn't in the mood to kill myself. It was 90 degrees, dew point was a thick 71 degrees. Summer in its earnest. I took it easy and pedaled home enjoying the whole ride. It took me longer than normal. It was hot as hell and no sweat evaporated off me. But, I loved it. I could have made it a struggle and not enjoyed the ride, but I didn't do that and it sure made my afternoon/evening a lot better.