Cold Start To A New Season

For seasonal riders like Susan and myself, March and early April have given us less than great weather.

We did, however, get in two rides last week, and will ride again tomorrow.

Every year is the same in one sense. No matter how much time we spend at the gym, no matter how many spin classes and other gym activiites we do, the first couple of rides are like we never rode at all.

The good feeling about this, however, is the knowledge that without the winter gym it would be harder and by the 4th or 5th ride we will be back into the swing of all.

We do not push the pace at all on these rides. Over average is 2-3 mph below what it will be later in the season. It is really a great way to truly just appreciate the surroundings. Since these are not club rides (just the two of us) there really is no pressure. We do not need to keep up. We can stop whenever we want. We can change our plans.

It is work to get started again. But it is also nice.

Glenn

2 thoughts on “Cold Start To A New Season”

  1. Glenn,

    Glad to see you are back on the road and posting about your rides. I was worried since you haven’t had anything to say in while about your rides. I ride all winter weather permitting (over 32 degrees and winds less than 15mph) on a heavier bike reducing my pace and keeping my miles to around 35.

    So far the pace in March for club rides has been slower then during season with new riders that do not know the roads, and people trying to get back in shape as well.

    With 30-40 mph winds today even I went to the gym and did 1 hour on the elliptical machine for cardio.

    I’ll be looking for you on the road soon.

    Remember always look back a car could be gaining on you!

    Mark

  2. Hey –

    How was the riding in Thailand? Does Litespeed make a rickshaw?

    Miss you on the rides. It’s very quiet; no one there to give our fellow cyclers a gentle reminder about etiquette.

    I signed up for the ride log.

    Hope to see you soon.

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