So, I have always been a fair weather rider, but have set goals this season that require me to start my interval training earlier than usual. Let me just start out with ... intervals in 45 degree rain and hail really suck and I am not sure in a good way. So am I the idiot I think I am for doing them in the rain, or do you think I am getting something out of this?
On a normal warm day I would do the hill I did in 3 minutes or less 5 times out of 6. Today I was fighting to get under 3:30 for the same hill and averaged that for my 6 intervals. On any normal day I would have shut it down and stopped doing them based on how they were going because it would mean I was fried. Today I never felt fried, but I never felt I could really get into my suffer mode either, it was a different kind of suffer, I would not even call it suffer, just never really got over the hump. Clothing was perfect for the conditions and I was warm enough for the efforts and did a slightly longer warmup so that likely was not an issue. I just had no lasting firepower, the efforts would start out hard, but I would never get into the groove of a normal good interval. Oh and I have more than my share of weight to protect my body, I am not a climber type ... more of a fat ass sprinter type.
This is not my first interval session of the year and I have many years of experience in doing intervals, just not much experience doing them in the cold rain. I am really hoping that I don't have to repeat this process next week, but the weather where I am is not going well lately.