I do have a line that I will not cross when it comes to riding in freezing temps. This past weekend we crossed it. Luckily on Friday one of our Team sponsors was able to hold a cycle event that would follow with chili and beer. The thought of hot chili was enough to motivate all 60 some cyclist to begin and finish the 63 mile route.
Sunday came around and we were not as lucky. It was freaking FREEZING! So when I received an invite to join our team coach for a CompuTrainer ride I jumped on it. Never having done this type of ride I thought it could not be that much different from riding my trainer at home. Was I wrong or what?! After getting set-up and warming up we set off for a 90 minute ride through Quebec. How cool it that? The route was seriously challenging and the efforts were dead on what I would have thought riding outdoors would have been. I could spit out of bunch of info on my threshold, heart rate, mph, cals. burned but let me just say that even today I am feeling it in my legs. LOVED IT!!!
Hoping that the Winter League ride resumes this next weekend since our team coach let us have this session for free. Even with my discount it still is not in my budget at the moment but it’s now added to my wish list.
I will say that I do continue to see small improvements in my riding. Our avg. pace for the 60-70 miles distance are staying closer to the 18mph avg. and I feel great. I have really been focusing on my pedal stroke and being more efficient with less upper body movement. I use to rock back and forth trying to pull the energy from my this…. now I realize that this wasted more energy that it created.
Running and weight training is still on target. My goal is to still do a half-marathon to reclaim the house record sometime this spring.
This is just how I wanted to start out the New Year!