It’s November, the days are shorter and colder. Times like these lend themselves to reflection. Fortunately I was able to land an interview with the man himself. The following is my interview with Mild Stallion.
Me: Outdoor season done?
Mild Stallion: Yeah, Mother Nature makes that decision for me. Too cold and windy, short days. Typical stuff.
Me: You sound kind of resigned to it. Do you have trouble leaving the road?
Mild Stallion: It’s part acceptance, part looking forward to the change. My riding becomes so sporadic this time of year that my fitness takes a hit. Love it or hate it, the trainer is more “aerobically correct” – I can get a more focused workout.
Me: How was the season?
Mild Stallion: I had some high hopes going into it. I had great fitness coming out of the winter and it translated very well to the road. Unfortunately for my riding, we moved to a new house in June. The whole process started in mid April, and the craziness didn’t subside until sometime in July. It took a really big toll on my rides.
Outside of riding, the new house has been a huge positive. It’s a much better situation than what we were living with for the previous seven years.
Me: I take it there was no Circuit Century?
Mild Stallion: Sadly, no. I just didn’t have the consistency of rides to build up to it. I had to concentrate on just getting rides in where I could. My average ride was under two hours. Compared to the previous 3 seasons where I averaged around 2.5 hours per ride, it was a significant drop.
Me: It sounds like a tough season. Were there any positives?
Mild Stallion: Oh sure. Physically I went through it unscathed and I got to get in some serious test time with a few “new to me” items.
Me: New to you?
Mild Stallion: Yeah, I wore bib shorts almost exclusively this year. That along with using chamois cream and the tires I rode on – it gave me a chance to see if they were for me.
Me: So how did you like the bib shorts?
Mild Stallion: It’s one of those items where I wonder how I ever rode without them! Very comfortable, no fear of showing my backside to the public (chuckles). It kept the chamois centered naturally.
When I used them in conjunction with the chamois cream, it made for a level of long-ride comfort that I didn’t know was available.
The tires I rode were Continental Gatorskins. As for them, let me put it this way; I can’t wait to go back to my GP 4000s next year.
Me: So what’s next for you?
Mild Stallion: Well, I’m already on the trainer. Getting used to the room in the new house where I ride it. It’s a smaller room than the old house. No problems after the first ride.
Looking forward to giving myself a good thrashing from time to time! (laughs) I’ve got a new Sufferfest to try and I think there’s going to be more coming out; I need some variety in the workouts that I do. I think I have about 20 separate video and audio workouts to do, so hopefully they won’t get too routine.
Me: Thanks for your time. Hope you have a good indoor season.
Mild Stallion: Thanks, I hope the fitness comes around.
There you have it, the man in his own words. One outdoor season over, one indoor season underway.
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