When I saw the forecast for this week, I knew it would be a good one. I planned on riding four days this week, and that’s saying something this year.
This season has been pretty bad in terms of riding volume. I counted 7 rides for all of August. That’s it. In a normal year that total would be around 12. They would also be longer rides. I was averaging about 2½ hours per ride last year and this year it’s dropped to about 2 hours flat.
It’s been the same old gremlins that get me: weather and schedule conflicts. July was the rainiest on record, and August had a host of non-cycling commitments. Ergo July and August combine for 15 rides. Pathetic.
Then there’s this week. The weather is awesome – 70s, low humidity, light wind. I’ve already been out twice and have two more on the calendar. It’s such a small thing, but it’s huge in my riding confidence. My average speed on rides is down a good half a mile per hour. If I can push it as I have done so far this week, I can have good form going into the cool weather season of late September and October. If the vest I’m purchasing works out, I could conceivably ride at least a week into November. Anything to delay the trainer season.
They say Spring is the season of renewal. If things go as planned this week, Spring will move to September.