Round 1: So Friday was forecast for 72° and sunny; great day for a ride on my recently-serviced bike. I get out of work early and hit the road.
I was in great form for April. The uphills were nothing remarkable and I had good legs for the entire ride. I covered 39 miles in a little over 2 hours. I felt great – I really needed a ride of some decent length for a change.
The only buzz kill was that my rear derailleur was out of adjustment. The shifts were vague and sometimes skipped. I’m no wrench so I took it to the LBS and they fixed it gratis, because they’re good like that. Turns out the shifter cable was stretched. No biggie.
Man 1, Machine 0
Round 2: Today was forecast to be sunny and unseasonably warm – we actually set a record at 89°. Considering that the average high for this time of year is in the low 60s, it took some getting used to. I was psyched to get out and get a nice long ride in. The bike was running smoothly during my warm-up and I had my sights set on a route to Vischer Ferry.
Depending on what options I take on the route, the Vischer Ferry ride can take over 3 hours and top out around 60-65 miles. I didn’t plan on doing the entire route, but I wanted to do at least 2½ hours worth. I felt pretty well recovered from the previous day’s ride and had earlier done a nice hour long walk with Mrs. Stallion.
I felt so-so during my warm up – small ring, 1.6 miles, 7 minutes. The heat was immediately apparent, but I had ridden in worse conditions in mid-summer. At least it wasn’t humid at all.
I didn’t feel right from the get go. I had noticeably low power, and every effort I put out left me gasping and leaning heavy on the handlebars. In my head I thought, “You’re not recovered from Friday, take it easy”. By the time I was half an hour out, I’d had enough. Go home. That was a long ride back. The hot weather was the kryptonite to my power plant.
Man 1, Machine 1
I guess I have to acclimate to the hot weather naturally. A sudden spike in Spring temps isn’t necessarily a blessing. Lesson learned.