Tuesday, August 18, 2009
On Sunday my cycling plan called for me to complete a "test" ride, that is a ride on which I was to push as hard as I could to see how far my training has progressed. These rides are very intense and I only do them once in a while.
Well, I got over confident at the beginning of the ride and pushed myself to the max. This meant that I not only burnt out half way into the ride and came back with a substandard time but I also put my legs in a world of hurt for the last two days! I literally can't believe how bad my thighs have been hurting after putting in over 2100 miles this year!
As I processed what happened that day I realized that, though I had tried to warm my muscles up before the ride, there's no way to warm them up for riding but riding! So tonight I repeated about 2/3 of the route and started out very slow because I wasn't sure what I could do given the condition of my legs. Five miles in my average speed was very slow, as expected, but by about 8 miles in my legs really warmed up and I was able to push as hard as I ever have this year. I didn't do that for long because today was not a day for pushing so hard but I re-learned a lesson I've learned 100 times before--warming up is a very good thing!
Why are the simple things so hard to remember sometimes?