This past week I worked a lot of hours but I did get a couple of rides in. I skipped a recovery ride on Monday because I read in an article that a sign of overtraining is when the thought of putting on your riding kit makes you tired. I was there, I was tired just thinking about dressing for a ride. I’ve also started riding 4 days instead of 5 and I noticed I’m riding a lot better. I’m riding faster and I feel a lot less sore.
Saturday’s ride was great. It was very nice out, warm and sunny. We were on roads I haven’t been on in a long time. We had a great group of riders and I laughed a whole lot. It was a fun yet challenging ride. I had a nice massage later in the afternoon, which is very important for athletes to have.
Sunday’s ride was a very interesting ride. It was a lot of fun. We had a high attendance of ladies and, despite being sore, I rode strong. My climbing is also improving. I’m trying different techniques which are working for me. I went up the same hill on both days and got PRs on both occasions. Sunday’s PR was 11 seconds faster than Saturday’s. I’m doing something right. We had 4 flats and 1 minor mechanical issue. We had to cut the ride short because of time constraints among the group. Instead of doing 53 miles, we did 40. A very funny police officer reprimanded us for an outdoor restroom stop during one of the flat tire changes. It was a very memorable, funny ride.
I’m going to keep on keeping on. I think I’ll try a faster ride in the next couple of weeks and see how I do. At some point I should take an FTP test and see where I stand. I had a great weekend and I’m looking forward to more great riding.