My new 17-mile commute has been a challenge to say the least. Part of the challenge is keeping up with my wingman, Mike, who sets a strong pace. As usual, I was whooped when I got to work this morning. However, I got access to showers at work and it was wonderful to take a nice shower upon arrival instead of making do with a bird bath. I was also privileged to see this sunrise just before getting to the office.
Coming home turned out to be 14 mph headwinds with gusts to 21, but I did really well with them. It only took an extra 5 or 10 minutes, and I didn't feel particularly tired when I got home. I think it helped that I set my own pace since I didn't run into Mike on the way home. I enjoy the companionship but he really runs me ragged! The longer commute is taking some getting used to, but after this evening's ride, I think I'll be up to it.