I do one to two days a week on the road (about 20 plus miles each ride) and one day on the trainer each week. I have made steady progress for the last year on this program as I incorporate yoga and have not had to lay off during the winter because I live in Florida. Here is the problem. On fridays, I ride with a guy who is about 12 years younger than me and he is a natural talent as well. He teaches martial arts, lifts weights, rides twice a week and only weighs in at 170 (15 lbs more than me) despite his much greater muscle bulk. When I ride with him on a fast segment, for a few months now I continualy get trounced about 300 feet every 5 miles no matter how hard I try. He is nice about it but I would like to narrow the performance gap. The last two weeks I have put everything I could in my 5 mile time trial but he still trounced me. He seems to be making progress just as fast as I have, so he always stays one step ahead.
This last friday, my resting pulse was 50 in the morning but hours after our ride it measured 80 just before a meal. That would tend to indicate that I realy am working hard and not quickly recovering (typical 50 plus syndrome I imagine). Does this indicate that I am in over my head or is a 30 jump in resting pulse sort of in the normal range? Additionally I seemed to lack any appetite which I also imaging is the result of going full out for much of our ride. We are averging a 21 to 25 mph pace which he seems to shake off and even laugh off by sitting up sometimes into the wind, which only emphasizes our differences. Would you continue on as I have if your pulse rate seemed to stay high for 8 hours or so?