Well...the fallout is that I aggravated the injury that kept me off my bike for nearly a year. It was a little expected but it's not going to be anything permanent. I just couldn't get out of bed this morning...literally. I also lost 5 lbs. overnight, which means dehydration probably.
It scared me at first...but I have been stretching today and drinking lots of water. So I'm back to normal with a little bit of pain. Made an appointment with the chiropractor early next week.
As for the bouncing...yes...keeping those knees in and engage those abs!!! The more muscles you use the easier the strokes are. Breathing is hugely important too. Just takes a little practice to get all the systems of your body to work together.
I was complaining about bouncing to my physio - who is an ironmanner - and she told me that you need to be really vigilant and engage your abs/pelvic floor when spinning over 100. What do you know? At least for me, that stopped the bouncing. Hard to keep engaged for long periods, tho, if you're not used to it. I'm trying to train myself to work up to it.
I hear you guys about the wind. We did a populaire (100km) in early April and it was 25-35 mph wind the whole time, including gusts, and because of the gusts and the shifting of the wind, it felt like 3 directions into the wind. We were all swearing at the $%&* wind...except when it was at our back...wheee!! I try and tell myself that wind = altitude training (I'm on the coast), but that mental trick doesn't always work!!
yeah I was in the same dilemma last night as well. It was on the cool side but not unbearable but the wind was really awful. I had just got done eating a plateful of spaghetti, peas and two Texas garlic toast. The wife said go and I was trying to wiggle out and the daughter said daddy it is not too cold I was outside playing with just a t-shirt.
So off I went. I need to remind my daughter about wind chill affect;-) It was a little too cool to start but once the warm up period ended i guess I was all right. I just did the small loop about 11.5 miles. It took 47 mins and 23 sec. to complete. I felt like I was climbing hills against the wind. I choose to work on my cadence during the whole ride. I was trying to stay between 90-110 cadence. I found I was bouncing too much at around 107. I would shift then. When I would fall down to 80-85 I would shift again.
It worked well but I need to work on a smoother pedal stroke so that I can go between 110-120 without bouncing.
Note to self do not ride again sooooo soon after eating supper.....very hard to keep down;-) LOL
Well...the temperature was great...but the wind wasn't. How the heck do you get head winds in every direction? Only here in Western New York. I did my 15-mile route after some hesitation here and there, but nonetheless, I completed it. There are some wicked hills at the end of the ride that just kick me. But I didn't walk anything and just kept pushing. So, next time, it's easier, right? LOL
Well, I'm definitely going to ride. Thanks to everyone for the nudge. I would definitely rather be biking than sitting in a gym tonight. As I'm getting older, I'm a little more picky about my conditions for biking.
I also live in an urban area in Western New York that's not very conducive to riding in the winter. This past winter really stunk. But my city is working on a biking trail network that should provide safer riding in the winter.
There is no ice right now...but there is a wind chill that makes it feel like it is in the 40s today. But the sun is out...so screw it...I'm riding!
Actually SW Ontario is beautiful in all 4 seasons... and those are: swimming, biking, running and celebrating. If you aren't not doing one of those you might as well... well I won't say it but life just wouldn't be right if you didn't at least try to ride!
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