It is OFFICAL….
I love my new racing team of girls! They love to ride… a lot..and have fun… and push it… and have fun…
With Sunday’s promise of 40 degrees and plenty of sunshine we all suited up and headed out for a 45 mile route. It did not take long to fall into a groove and pace lines were formed and just like that we covered some miles. Riding with a team has only made certain things more clear to me. I need to stop hanging off of the back and get into the pack a bit more. I am not sure why I tend to do this other than to say I am just not as aggressive so the outcome is more work hanging off of the back. The winds did a number on us too. What started at 10 mph winds quickly changed to 15mph winds along with some nasty gust. We were beat up a bit before it was all over. Towards the last half of the ride I managed to make my way towards the front for some pulling. My legs were feeling the efforts and as we approached the last half mile stretch that finishes uphill I had already gave into the notion that I had nothing left to sprint to the end. Out of NOWHERE I had a cadence that not only pulled me up the stretch but helped me maintain over 24mph for one of the fastest finishes I can remember on that road. I felt great. It was amazing.
So I am going to keep applying all the tips and tools that I have been reading about. Last week was a skipped strength training week due to my back but because I played good little girl I can resume it this week.
The riding and running and all that comes with it could not be more welcomed since I have consumed some MAJOR calories with all of the food I consumed during the holidays. Time to detox and get back on track.
Cheers and Happy New Year to you all!!