Today's Goal: Ride 1+ hour, get Zen. Both accomplished.
Today's Lesson: Never rush ride prep.
A GREAT day to ride. We've just finished with a sustained arctic blast, complete with cloudy skies and sub-zero lows. Today has been 50+ and the sun is a welcomed therapy.
According to Strata I went a total of 15.3 miles at an avg.13.9 mph. It is my first ride in months, and I've not taken great care of myself, but I am a little surprised at how really out-of-shape I am. Not discouraged, not disappointed. It is good to have an assessment of where I am starting.
I was later than I wanted to be getting ready to ride, the result was that all I'd eaten prior to the ride was a snickers. I'd had about half a pot of coffee. I had reasonable gear together, and was ready for mechanical problems, weather issues, etc., but would've done better had I fueled and hydrated reasonably.
Also. I had to talk to myself, over and over. I had to slip into the mantra "not fast up the hill, not hard up the hill, LONG up the hill..." I had to dial back the intensity and focus on patience. The headwind going out was stiff, I was pedaling to maintain speed DOWNHILL, so the turn for home was a righteous moment.
Yet again, I'm registered for the DK. Wish me the focus to maintain the priority