Today, finally, I managed to go and get a decent ride in. Woke up very late but was out of the door with the bike within 5 minutes. Goal was to get in a decent 2 hour aerobic ride. As it turns out, I lost a waterbottle somewhere along the way and rather than stop, refill my remaining bottle and keep going, I ended the ride after 1:40.
Was running the Mavic Open Pro/105 wheelset that I had laced up last year. They seem to be holding up quite well - hit a few big bumps today and they seem relatively true. I still need to get a proper truing stand to confirm, though.
A more interesting thing I realized on today's ride was what a difference tire and pressure can make. I was running 700x35 Ritchey Cross tires (knobbies) at 70 psi front/80 psi rear and my aerobic pace was a lot slower than normal. Need to put faster rubber on those wheels, just on general principle.
The sun was shining, the cars were well-behaved (and that is because 2 days ago, this small island with 20km worth of roads had its first road fatality when a speeding taxi hit 2 people) and there was a cool breeze blowing. Even the island elephants were out - by the side of the road, thankfully - and the dogs were also mercifully silent. And I had new music on my iPod - a mix of rap, metal, techno and classic rock.
It was good to be out riding again!