My legs have felt really heavy lately. I think it's because I am not doing any active recovery and all my workouts have been relatively hard or I do nothing. I recall falling into this pattern last summer when mid-week racing started and I ran out of time to just go for fun or easy rides. Take my advice, take the time to ride easy; it not only helps your muscles recover it also helps your mind because you know you don't have to go 100% every time you throw a leg over the saddle. The latter is actually huge.
Today I decided to join the 'team ride' but judging by the weather conditions (snow up north and rain most everywhere else) and the emails flying around attendance was going to be low.
I checked the forecast briefly before heading out and it looked good! Sure it was cold but it was not raining at my house and it looked like the precipitation might hold off until about 1:00 PM. Nice!
The dry conditions lasted until I got to the UW where it started sprinkling. One mile later I pulled over to swap my vest for my rain jacket. Oh well. And then as I got close to Bothell the rain was getting slushy and I saw white on both sides of the Burke Gilman Trail.
I met Greg K, Ryan D, Dean J, Lane S and RC R. Good company for sure. The plan was to do some hills up north but it looked bad. We tried one and as we climbed there was more and more snow on the road. And each car that passed us would douse us with a wave of slush. So we headed south.
What a difference! First of all the rain stopped half way back and by the time we got to the top of the hill the roads were half dry. That'll teach me to venture away from home. :)
We did a few hills here, mostly the pace was quite moderate. I tried to go hard once and had to back off after not very long. I then went hard again, actually caught the leaders and then blew again. Oh well. I kind of just wanted to do some 'openers' anyway as I have hard day planned tomorrow. See that? I just made an excuse and tried to disguise it. :)
After riding up Capitol Hill four times I called it a day and headed home. Can I just say that doing hills here is freaking convenient? Incredible. I was home in less than 15 minutes from the time I peeled off.
Thinking back my legs did not feel that bad which is a good sign.
|5:30 AM - 2 bananas, applesauce, protein powder, walnuts, opine nuts
|large bottle w/2 scoops
|Time of Day
|40, some rain, calm
|Sugoi shoe covers, Roubaix knickers, Roubaix leg warmers, Craft long sleeve undershirt, heavy long sleeve jersey, rain jacket, Polypropylene gloves, OR Gripper gloves, cap