Motivation for riding has waned for now....probably just natural after all the long butt busting rides and time spent on putting on the nine Time Trials the past 6 months. Probably time for some mental breaks so attention has diverted to golf. I seem to enjoy the 30-40 mile rides for now. Plus it's easier to squeeze those in on "breaks" from work during the day or beat the setting sun.
I did participate in a local fund-raiser metric century yesterday. Unfortunately the turnout was pitifully low. Very disappointing for the organizers but probably not totally unexpected given the location and the fact it started at 8:00 in pretty chilly temps. Essentially 7 of us rode the route together......we sat up when we wanted to, hammered some, waited at stopping points to regroup, etc. I have converted my Madone to it's "winter set-up" with heavier wheels and tires and rode it. We had 4 really good hills back to back and I was suffering on my 53/39 with all the heavy stuff!!! It's a really good "training" setup that hopefully will help me next spring. My heart rate was in the red zone for a LONG time. It's amazing how quickly fitness can change.
It was also interesting about how much fun I had one I made myself go out and ride. While there were times I struggled I also got my second wind and pulled and sprinted, closed gaps and felt really good overall.
Question: Does the body's metabolism continue to decrease the older we get? The forty's were particularly hard on me.....I probably put on 40 pounds from age 44-48 which have been removed by cycling and improved eating habits. Since I've decreased the longer rides my weight is starting to creep up. I know it's about calories in versus calories out but just wondering if the body burns less calories the older we get........I love to eat and I'm wondering if I'm going to need to think about adjusting my intake more over time. Does anyone know for sure?