Sunday, February 6, 2011

On the Road Again

Today marked my first ride on the open road of the year and of the new season ... and it sucked.

I had a 4 hour ride and 45 minute run on the schedule and the temps indicated that it would be a good day for an outdoor ride. I purposely started later than usual because the morning temps were cool in the 40s, but the forecast had them climbing to 70 by Noon.

I went into the ride with low expectations. I knew I would not have the power that I had in late August leading up to Cedar Point and I didn't want to be disappointed. I also knew to expect some wind. Both expectations were met. I felt pretty flat for much of the ride and the wind, oh the wind. There were points that I just didn't want to keep pedaling, but I suffered through the wind.

My body ached during the ride, probably from gripping the aero bars so hard in the windy sections- and it still aches now. I was wiped after the 4 hours but ended up with a decent run, probably because I was just happy to be off my damn bike. I was thankful that I downloaded a new audio book for this brick because I really needed the distraction today.

My boys have been sick with coughs and fever all weekend and I have started coughing tonight. In retrospect, I have been a bit sluggish and sleepier than usual this weekend. I rarely experience aches on the bike, so I think my body was telling me something.

So, the bad news is that my ride sucked. The good news is that "skunk is off the porch" and it should only get better from here (or at least I am going to keep telling myself this so that I will keep getting on my bike!).

One thing is for certain, the next time I am stuck on the trainer I will not complain!

10 comments:

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Way to suck it up Anne and get out there!

I totally wish I would have went outside today for the ride but saw the wind and said screw that. did 3.5 on the trainer and it blew too.
IMTX is approaching way too fast!!

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glutenfreetri said...

All I can say is jealous!

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

Hahaha. I like the skunk reference.

Meredith said...

I cannot wait for spring to come so I can take my bike outside.

Laura said...

ah wind in my face.. though not HEAD wind... sorry your bike sucked, but like you said.... you ripped the band-aid off... er, kicked the skunk off the porch, and now you can get to business!

Ironman By Thirty said...

To ride outside.... I long for some decent weather. Probably at least 2 more months of trainer riding.

Way to push through on a hard ride!

Kristin said...

I'm still jealous you got to get out! I can't wait to get back on the bike.

Caratunk Girl said...

Wow! I am so jealous of you biking outside. We just got 6 more " of snow!

Andree said...

Wind is your friend...or at least that's what I tell myself on really windy days. It definitely is an energy-sucker though. Way to hang tough!