Monday, July 05, 2010
I normally take Mondays off, and when I say "off" I mean it! I work six days per week and give it all I've got so this one day per week I lay low and let my body heal up. But I just have too much to do this week because my ladies are leaving town--the daughter is heading up north with family and the wife is heading to India with our church--and I have a paper due on Thursday for my current doctoral course. So, although I'm feeling rather tired and in need of rest, I'm going to have to pass on that today and work, work, work. Oh well, such is life, the Lord will help me.
Hope you have a great day!
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Had another nice 35 mile group ride yesterday. The wind was still blowing like crazy and was at our side for the majority of the ride which made it challenging but the pace was much slower than usual which I found refreshing. I was still tired from the day before and I needed a mellower ride yesterday. So I chatted with some new friends and really enjoyed those 2 hours of life!
As for today, rest, and as for tomorrow, more rest. Then I'll be back to it on Tuesday, Lord willing. The plan is to work on strength by climbing in the biggest gear I can.
Hope you have a great 4th!
Saturday, July 03, 2010
I must admit that I was bummed. I was looking forward to getting a true test of where my fitness and cycling levels are right now compared to other riders who are better than me but when I saw the that the wind was blowing 20-25 mph, and at times even harder than that, I knew it would obscure the "results." I have been looking forward to this ride for about one month and so again I was a bit bummed but I resolved to let that go and just enjoy the ride.
We started off with the wind at our backs and thus it was very fast. At the 11 mile mark I was averaging about 20 mph and keeping up with some of the faster riders. The fastest few riders may have been Cat 1 or 2 racers because they were insanely fast, probably faster than anyone I've ever ridden with. I could never keep up with them but I felt good that I was with the next pack.
However, at that point we turned straight into the wind for about 14 miles and those guys and one gal dropped me. Be that as it may, I was actually most pleased with this part of my ride because I just settled into the aero-bars, found a workable pace, and held on to that for the entire stretch. To my surprise one of the riders dropped back a bit and I was able to catch her and we basically rode together the rest of the way.
At about mile 24 we turned back with the wind again and it felt so good to have something left in my legs so we hammered the rest of the way home. Except for a little climb or two we never dipped below 20 mph--well I suppose I slow down a bit when I got that flat only one mile from the finish but I fixed it in no time and completed the ride.
I came in at 28.2 miles and 17.5 average speed which was really exciting for me given the wind conditions. I am horrible into the wind and so to be able to maintain any kind of speed was very satisfying.
There's another group ride just one mile from my house that leaves in 1.5 hours and I think I'm going to go on that one too. I'm hoping it's a little slower paced to allow for recovery but I'm ready for anything. The wind is still blowing pretty hard this morning, and probably still out of the south, but you know the old saying--whatever doesn't kill me will make me stronger.
God bless and thanks for reading.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Plan to take a group ride this evening for the first time this year. I generally avoid these kinds of rides until about this time of year because they often interfere with the training plan. That is, the rush of being with other riders, especially faster riders, pushes me to go beyond what I should at the moment. I learned a long time ago that if you want to be successful at the events that matter to you, you have to discipline yourself to make and stick to your plan earlier in the year.
Be that as it may, I'm ready now to push hard and develop more speed and riding with faster riders is one of the best ways to do that. I'll blog more about how it goes tomorrow but for now thanks for reading!
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