Hustling to get on a plane, so this is a necessarily short post and one without cool GPS data. Bottom line: I was back today. Felt strong all day and absolutely hammered out miles. We did the 91 planned miles at 19mph average and I then went on to ride 26 more.
The heat was staggering. Absolutely searing. I must have chugged through over a dozen bottles of water and Cytomax. There was one point where I swore I would have murdered someone for a Slurpee.
I did suffer two flats. Never fun, particularly when you have to change them on a shadeless expanse of road with no services for 90 miles. But, I am getting my technique dialed in and my pit stops are quicker than ever.
All told, feeling good to have my cycling legs back and ready to go the distance. Thanks for all of your cheers. They mean a lot to me.