Through forces beyond my control, I was unable to get out for a ride for a solid 9 (!) days. Suffice it to say that going out for a 40 mile ride on a Saturday morning with little wind and temps in the 70s was enticing. I was psyched – I needed this ride.
I went out on a route that I am very familiar with and I knew would take a little over 2 hours. The first climb up Schauber Road was what I expected: a steep grade that takes a couple minutes to get up. I went into the red zone for the last 100 yards or so. That’s the standard plan for that climb; short anaerobic bursts are needed for fitness gains. I got to the top a little slower than usual, but I wasn’t expecting to hold on to all of my form after 9 days.
The second climb is a very steep but also very short “berg” about 4 miles later that takes around 30 seconds to ascend. I got up it, but holy cow it was tough. I was still feeling the first climb all the way out to this one.
This was the theme for the ride. I had one more serious climb and a bunch of rollers thereafter. I felt winded and worn out for the duration. This is what it’s like to lose form this quickly – the first big effort is doable, but the subsequent ones are where the lack of fitness shows itself.
I purposely added a mostly flat 3 miles to the end of the ride in the hope that I would get a small endurance benefit from it. There’s no two ways around it, I felt it. I really hope that this ride gets me some fitness in return, but it was a toughie.
Some of you have noticed the dearth of posts lately. I’ll try to put up more frequent posts, but the Mrs. and I are in the process of moving to a new house so all the craziness that goes with selling, buying, agents, lawyers, mortgage, etc. exacts its toll. I’ll need more frequent rides to balance out my sanity.