The main challenge today was the wind. Blowing away at about 25-30km/hr with gusts over 50km/hr according to a couple of weather sites. At times it was hard enough trying to keep the bike moving along at anything close to 25km/hr into the headwind, but with a tailwind, 56km/hr was easy even up a moderate incline. Now that is fun.
The multi looped course took me around many of the new housing estates. Each in various stages of not being finished. The only thing I didn't enjoy too much was the wind blew plenty of dirt and debris at me from the building sites. A few small cuts from various items hitting me, a close call with a tarpaulin and every exposed areas of skin being smothered in black dirt is what I took away.
Later into the ride the weather began to change. Wind spun and circled round me. Seemingly trying to make sure I always had a headwind, but I was actually enjoying riding against the extra resistance. I watched as a dark grey cloud formed overhead. Gradually getting larger as smaller clouds seemed to be drawn in. Almost like something out of a film. I wondered if it would actually rain. Eventually the wind settled on being a southwesterly, and blew the cloud away. Sometimes the weather is just cool.
The key thing I take away from today's ride is that I am ready to race. Nothing more needs to be said.