It was hot in NorCal today. When it gets this hot, extreme measures are called for. For one, the helmet goes in the bike bag (not recommending this, just reporting on it), special clothing is employed (shorts and sandals, no work clothes), and the pace slows down to what we call “tweed speed”.
Tweed speed isn’t a real term, it’s just something we came up with to describe the almost painfully slow pace experienced on social group rides. It’s a pace so slow that it would actually take more energy to ride any slower. It’s a pace that uses the weight of your legs to propel you forward and requires no more effort than taking the weight off of your upstroking leg for a moment. It’s the perfect pace for those times when your brain is roasting while sitting still in the shade. In other words, it was the perfect pace for this afternoon’s triple-digit commute.