I rode in circles today. Let me tell you why.
It was gorgeous today and that meant I did everything possible to get in a ride after work. On my way home, my wife called and asked me to pick up our youngest after his bowling practice at 7:00 PM. Hmm… this called for a new strategy.
I decided to ride laps around my neighborhood. There is a 1.7-mile loop that takes me over several small hills. I could just keep going until it was time to leave for the alley. It was a snap to change into summer cycling clothes – what would have taken me 15 minutes in January, I did in less than five minutes today. I set off into a very brisk wind that somehow didn’t seem nearly as debilitating in 77 degrees as it would have been in 40-degree temps. Strange.
Ok, maybe not so strange, but the difference was striking nonetheless.
I only got 12 miles in, but I pushed it as hard as I could. I was initially disappointed in my average pace of 16.2 mph, but when I stopped and considered the frequent slow downs for intersections (and the two cars that pulled out in front of me) and the numerous hills, I guess that wasn’t too bad. The 800 feet of climbing is a rate about double of what I do on a normal jaunt through the country – about 6,700 feet of climbing for a century ride. For me, that’s a good amount of hill climbing, especially at max effort.
I’ve never done lap training of any kind as I prefer my rides to have some sort of destination. Having done the workout, I can’t say I’ll be repeating it anytime soon. It was great to be able to knock out a very fast ride knowing I could break it off when it came time to pick up the kid. Mechanical problems wouldn’t be an issue as I was no more than a 10 minute walk home at any point in the trip. It was really convenient and a great workout, but I prefer setting out on adventures.
Tomorrow, it’s going to rain all day and get cold. Well, it was good while it lasted!