Well.....today was tempo ride day, so I figured I'd do my "standard" 35 mile loop with just under 1,500 feet of climbing. Wind was typical around here.....breezy. Both pairs of Assos bibs were in the wash, so I reluctantly had to use my piece of **** PI Ultrasensor shorts (with plenty of chamois cream). All my jerseys were in the wash as well, so I had to poseur it today and broke out the old school USPS jersey.
On top of it, my allergies have been kicking my ass the last few days....so bad, I thought I was getting sick again, so I started taking Airborne last night, and have taken Claritin once a day for the past 3 days.
I bested my previous "record" by over 6 minutes today....1:47:45, average speed of 19.6 mph (yeah, yeah...I know...doesn't mean anything....but it's over 1 mph faster than my previous "fastest" ride of that same loop...around 1.5 mph or so over average "harder rides" of that loop).....and I wasn't killing myself and going anaerobic. I knew I was going to blow my old time out of the water, but I still didn't "time trial" it for the last 5 miles, but metered my effort and kept it steady.
My hip was really starting to bother me about 50 minutes in, from when I hurt my back the other week - I'm sure I probably could've knocked off another 1-2 minutes had that not been an issue. Also started having a bit of an issue breathing (due to allergies) around then as well, but it didn't really seem to have much of an impact....other than drinking water wanted to make me gag.
Oh....and I didn't wear gloves today. Woohoo. See that P-Cad? I just saved $2,000.
Today was the proverbial "no chain" day. Just felt like I could fly, even into headwinds....it's like I could see the flags around blowing against my direction of travel, but the wind just really didn't seem to affect me too badly. Is Claritin and Airborne on the "banned" list of substances?