Windy Ride Home
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Last evening, the wind was coming from the WNW. Generally speaking, our winds come from the southwest. When the wind is really bad, I'll ride home via the south side of the Columbia River. It's 15 miles, as opposed to 10, but when there's a 30 mph wind blowing through your spokes it's usually worth it to take the longer but more-protected route.
Last night, I rode to the gym and then home. That's 16 milesl. I didn't do my strength training workout last night because that ride was a test, and because the Hubs gets home earlier on Mondays. In fact, he was home when I arrived. He got a brief hello while I switched over to running shoes and into a jacket for my brick workout. He's a good sport.
The ride up the hill to the gym wasn't bad because I sat at an intersection half-way up the hill for three minutes waiting on the light. Three minutes is a very long time for a traffic light, but it did allow my heartrate to come down. I had the wind in my face going down the hill, and then got stuck at the same light. :roll eyes:
My intent was to ride to the gym tonight to do a strength workout, but I've reconsidered. I will ride home, but I think the workout on top of the ride is too much. While I didn't do a lot of swimming yesterday, I did swim. My ride home from the gym was my longest ride this year. And then, as if my legs hadn't suffered enough, I went for a brief run. (I ran the first five minutes, and then alternated running and walking. My legs were not happy, and my heartrate was pretty high.)
This morning, my legs were still kind of wooden. I took stock of recent workouts: I ran a mile without stopping on Saturday. (I usually alternate between running and walking, at a 2:30-3:1 ratio. I just wanted to see if I could run a mile without stopping.) I rode 16 miles yesterday, fighting the wind for 85% of the ride. And then I ran. My legs have a right to be tired!
So I'm *just* going to ride home tonight, and then I will ride into work tomorrow. I will drive home tomorrow night, and I'll do my strength training workout then. And Thursday morning, I'll swim for 30-40 minutes before work. That should be sufficient.