So I reached out to Earl Jensen by email last night and joined him on his morning circuit to the top of the Naval Academy Bridge and back. The weather was very pleasantly cool and riding with a partner is always preferred to riding alone. We enjoyed a moderate pace and caught up on everything and nothing as we pedaled in the dark.
After the turnaround we caught up to Clif. He dropped off of the Wicked Wednesday pack for lighter pace himself. He said he's not been feeling great since the big 1000K early last month. Clif is a very strong rider. A little down time after such a grueling marathon seems quite normal but it's been 5 or 6 weeks now and I sensed he seems a little frustrated by it. Here's hoping it passes soon.
Next we picked up Bryan who also opted to drop the WW crew and wait for Clif. We four continued for a couple of miles until I broke off to return home. Brief, brisk, and a quite pleasant. A good start to the day.