This is the 10th day that I have been training for the upcoming race on April 2nd. Up to this point, I have been a recreational rider only. One thing I really felt compelled to do was enter a bike race so I decided no time like the present.
I am beginning to see the difference between being a recreational rider and training for a race. Today was one of those days that I really didn’t feel like riding. It was cold, it was dreary, there were a couple of snow flurries, it was super bowl sunday…I geared up and pushed myself out the door. I rode for 2 hours and 50 minutes, average heart rate of 150, max heart rate of 169, 2 hours within 119 and 156, burned 2401 kcals and rode 37.2 miles with an average speed of 13.2 and an average cadence of 80.
Looking back it was a pretty good ride. Not cold at all until I got to the Ohio river and rode into the wind for around 10 miles – that got a little cold. I felt like I did a pretty good job with keeping the cadence high. There were two decent sized sustained climbs. One 6 mile section is a flat road nestled in between some hills so it is buffered from the wind. I was able to comfortably maintain between 18 -20 mph on that stretch and still keep my heart rate right around 149 which is my ceiling for foundation miles. Parts of the ride were pretty cool with a lot of ice around streams and coming down rock walls.
Final analysis – at the end of the ride I was beat, but glad that I got it in. I felt pretty good on the flats when I was buffered from the wind. This is a slow process and I need to have faith that I am doing the work that will prepare me for later and the patience to keep it up and trust the process.