So its the first and I haven't been on the bike since mid-October. But it was the first of the year so I was going to make a fresh start and get back on the horse/bike again.
So at 3:00 this afternoon, I head off to Cumberland to get below the snowy roads and ride. I put in an hour on the bike at an average of 12.6 miles for 12.8 miles of distance. It was pretty cold, 34ish (f), but the roads were clear. I did an easier route with a few ups and downs but no real hills of any mention. I think the longest climb is 2 tenths of a mile.
A couple observations - I have completely lost all semblance of the cardio strength I had in October and that was way down from August. So I'm starting over in terms of ability to go fast and maintain a good heart rate at the same time. But interestingly, I have retained a good bit of the leg strength as the climbing was much easier than it was a year ago. That surprised me.
Regardless the first 20 minutes really sucked, the last 20 minutes felt pretty good. I got a bit of a chill by the time I was done, but overall was pretty happy to ride again. Its supposed to snow again tonight and my wife wants to do some things tomorrow. So hopefully I'll manage to find my way back out on the road again on Saturday. 12.8 miles down and 2983.2 to go in 2009.
How did your New Years ride go?