Decided to start 2009 off right. I headed out today with the plan to put in at least 50 miles. I managed to get 50 miles out of my legs but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.
When I was leaving I wasn't sure where I was going to go. The only plan that I had was to ride into the wind first and then have it at my back for the ride home. As I was leaving I noticed the wind was blowing out of the north so north I went. I decided to take my summer Sunday route of out to Branched Oak around the lake and then back home. Usually this is right under 50 and then I take a few alternate routes home to hit the goal. The last time I had ridden this route was back in August. I had forgot how tough this route can be. You are usually either going up or down the whole time. Very few flat sections.
As I was getting out my legs were feeling a bit sluggish but I kept going thinking this would be like so many of my other rides where after I warm up a while I my legs would get some snap to them. That never really happened and as I was going right into the wind which felt like it was blowing a lot harder than the 5-10 mph my feet and hands started to get pretty cold. As the ride went on I started having thoughts of turning around and heading home. But I kept on going. When I got to the lake I said I was done and turned around and started to head home but then something in my head started telling me to keep going that I only had a few more miles and then I would be spending the rest of the ride either across or with the wind. So again I kept going.
I forgot that I had the biggest and longest hill still to go on my around the lake but I started to feel a bit better and made it through the climb and around the lake. I did stop along the way through the lake to take in a gel and eat a couple of pop tarts ( Reminder: get honey stinger order in. need more bars & chews). After I ate I felt a lot better and after being out of the direct wind for a while my feet didn't feel as cold.
The rest of the ride was spent just getting home and to keep moving. I made another stop at a gas station to get some more water and slammed a red bull to get me through the last ten miles home. When I got back to town I still had a few miles to go to make it to 50 and I thought about saying screw it and just go home but I again kept going until I got my 50. Glad I pushed myself to get the miles in. Even though it's contradicting a bit about what I've been reading in Freil's book but hey it makes me feel good. Except that I'm going to be sore tomorrow as I already feel it setting in as I type this.
This ride did make me start to think that I need to get my training straightened out. First race is going to come up quick and if I race like I was today I'm in big trouble.
Tomorrow will probably be a recovery spin and my last outside ride for a while. The temps are supposed to go back down so it will be back to the trainer. I'm just glad I got out while I could. Now I need to go try to finish up the rest of my race schedule for the season as I finally have all of the local race dates. Later.