I have recently re-connected with an old friend (John Phillips) and he goes for a ride every weekend with his friends so by association I have been invited to attend these outings and it's great to have company again even if it's just once per week.
ASIDE - I am realizing that John and I have more and more in common... We both used to race bikes (except John was always a little better than I was). We both run (except John has run the Boston Marathon so he's also a little faster than I am). Whereas I injured my ankle badly, John recently BROKE his ankle (a few months before I hurt myself) which required surgery. We are both at the point in our comeback where we are running on the treadmill for a mile or two except John recently went for his first short trail run whereas I am still mired indoors. I guess this means his healing process is a bit further along than mine. Who would have known.
Two weeks ago was my first time riding with John recently and I recall remarking that the ride was the fastest I have gone on a bike so far this year. Well today we went even faster. Yes!
There was a fairly stout wind out of the south so of course we went that direction first. The route John had picked was pretty flat but that was okay with me. I like hills fine but I also like moving quickly and I like drafting. Once we hit Jones Rd the wind pretty much abated as the trees were sheltering us and we didn't really feel it again until we got to Maple Valley.
Riding west on SE Lake Holm Rd we were FLYING. Like 25-30 mph sustained. It's just the slightest bit downhill and the wind was favorable. That was a blast. As was the descent at the end of the road. Wow! 12%, about one mile long and lots of 10 and 15 mph corners. Loved that.
All this fast riding did make me tired and I was very grateful for the tailwind coming home.
On the way home we took one wrong turn and got stopped by a road closure but it was okay, I was in great spirits still.
Some of these roads in the second half of the ride were really nice. Hardly any cars, good pavement and incredibly green.
After this ride Shelley and did a couple of projects and my back was kinda sore... haven't felt that in quite some time. But it was not too bad thankfully. I also felt like I had plenty of strength in eh saddle but standing I felt wimpy! Pretty toasted actually.
|Breakfast||5:00 AM - apple sauce, 3 small bananas, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 scoop Perpetuem, Udo's Oil, big handful of pumpkin seeds, tea, water|
|Workout Food||large bottle w/2 scoops Perpetuem, large bottle w/2 scoops HEED, half a bottle of water, 2 Hammer Bars, 1 packet of PowerBar Energy Blasts, 1 shot of Hammer Gel|
|Time of Day||7:40 AM|
|Weather||mid 50s, mostly cloudy, dry, windy|
|Course||pretty flat with the only significant climb being at the end of Jones Rd|
|Equipment||Redline Conquest Pro, Garmin Edge 500|