This Past Weekend (June 9-10)

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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.

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