This past week was good. I’m making gains at the gym and feeling great. I’m at the point where I’m looking forward to my gym workouts. With the help of my friends, I found apps that I can search through different weight training exercises. I’ve been mixing my routine up a bit and having fun trying different things. I’ve been making gains on Zwift and I was advised to do an FTP test since it has clearly increased. I plan to do that this week. I was looking into the benefits of doing planks every day and I found a 5 minute planking workout. I was loosely thinking about it so I showed my friend, Affluent Lady Cyclist, and she said she would join me! We are now 5 days in. ALC has given me lots of useful tips over the past week.
On Saturday I decided to challenge myself and do the faster ride. I surprised myself by hanging in there on the climb that I normally fall behind on. It felt so nice to stay with the group. I assumed that the group was going slow but, when I uploaded my stats, I saw that I had a PR there. That means I climbed faster that I had when I was pushed up that hill. I stayed with the group for more than half of the ride when I started to fall behind. I eventually got dropped but my friend was nice enough to stay with me. I really am lucky to have great friends. There were a couple of mechanicals early on and some drama but it was a very nice ride despite all of that.
On Sunday I led my wild ride to Centre Island. My friend that stayed with me the day before came and pulled the group. A lot of the people that I normally ride with went with the faster group. The group just below mine had no leader so they came on my ride. They complained about the pace and I was quick to tell them they came on my ride and would do it at that pace. Then these guys tried to go in the bushes in a very affluent neighborhood known for their increased surveillance. I had to tell them no while wagging my finger, as if they were dogs. There was a bathroom about 2 miles up the road that we were going to stop at. After the rest stop I got tired. These guys, after sitting in the whole ride, took off and left me behind. Those dirty dogs! My men waited up for me and escorted me back to the shop. At one point some random guys mingled in with us and wouldn’t let me in behind one of my guys. I demanded to be let in. It should be obvious, if we’re all wearing the same jersey, that I belong on that ride behind my guy. I’m not sure why some cyclists have no class but it makes us all look bad. Please be courteous when mixing in with other groups and give them their right of way.
On a sad note, I learned of the passing of a fellow cyclist when I returned from the ride. It wasn’t just any cyclist but the most supportive Strava friend I’ve ever had. He was truly a great person and was loved by many. After years of Strava friendship I had the pleasure of meeting him and he was just as enchanting in person as he was on my computer. I’m not going into any details but his death was a tragedy that could have been prevented. I can only pray that this never happens to anyone ever again. RIP my friend, you really were one of a kind and will be missed by so many.
On Monday, even though my legs were toast, I decided to race. It wasn’t the best idea I ever had but it certainly wasn’t the worst. I decided to go out there and get some more experience. I will get stronger and, when I’m ready, I’d like to have enough races to upgrade. I hung in for about half of a lap. The wheel I was holding pulled off and I couldn’t catch the main group. I was toast from the weekend rides and wasn’t putting out the power. At one point I let out a primal scream that powered me up a little but not enough to get me anywhere. My average normalized power was so low, even for a group ride. It’s all a learning experience. From now on I’m only going to attempt to race when my legs are fresh.
Thank you to my friends who are always there for me and thank you all for reading! I appreciate your support and, after the wedding, I will resume posting more regularly. I hope you’re enjoying reading from the Archives tab on the sidebar. Have a great week!