We all rode pretty hard through Montagnana then Cerbia up to Chiesanuova. Davide and I really pushed each other up to Chiesanuova, and in the end he gapped my by around 15 meters. Oh well, he is strong. As we waited for the others at the top, I explained how Strava would tell me if this was my fastest effort, which it was. However, there are 10 other times I was within 30 seconds of today's time on the same climb. Kind of fun to check it out. Sometimes I take riding for granted, but at one point today, when returning from Chiesanuova to Firenze, it struck me what a great thing it is to ride a bike. It is super good for your body, joints, and I would say your mind and soul. Also, it is just fun, totally non polluting, and the good road bikes are incredibly responsive and a blast to ride. So, for me, a good, happy reminder of why I love it. I really enjoy when these little flashes of inspiration hit me while riding. 72.7 kilometers in 2:51 for an average of 25.5 kph with 779 meters climbed. Great day.
Surprise! Wonderful Valentine's Day flowers were waiting for
me when I returned from today's team ride. Thanks, Emily.