Sunday’s prescribed ride was supposed to be an easy 40 minute one. It was the first time I was going to attempt anything technical outside though as it involved 4 x 2 min spin ups with 2 minutes of easy spinning in between. I could have ridden inside, but I really wanted to be outdoors despite the cool temperatures and gusty winds. I headed out to Cochrane at about 4:00. It was 3 deg C out and nice and sunny. I definitely dressed for the cold, so riding outside was comfortable. The spin ups on the way out were pretty uneventful. On the last two I wound up hitting a hill during my spin up so my cadence fell off part way through, but otherwise it went pretty well. It was the way back to the car that was some serious work. I couldn’t believe how windy it was out there. Riding felt like a fight as I was going head on in to the wind. I just wanted to be done in the worst way. I guess the bright side was that it made me focus on riding efficiently – I was concentrating on my pedal stroke and cadence and found ways that made me feel like I was biking pretty efficiently. On the way home I stopped off at Starbucks to get something hot to drink. Have you tried their new salted caramel hot chocolate? I am sure this drink is probably ten different kinds of wrong, but oh…it tastes so good! Once I was home I whipped up a zucchini musakka dish with chickpeas. The recipe calls for lamb, but I swapped it out for ground turkey breast so I made sure to season it well with some salt, pepper and paprika while it was cooking. I also added in some eggplant just to throw another veggie in there. Having a Benriner mandolin helps to make short work of slicing the zucchini and eggplant so it didn’t take too long to prep. It was good stuff!