I do class myself as pretty fit and can go out and do a ride- put in the milage and, if necessary, put in the effort. It is a normal ride for me to go 30 to 40 miles offroad, up a few 15% hills, take in some sticky mud that saps the energy and the next day I will not have any after effects.
Last Sunday was different. Riding was OK but I did not feel like pushing it up the hills. I did not want to push the speed on the flat up to a fast pace and even on the downhills- I took it with a modicum of care. I just did not want to push myself on effort for the whole of the ride. Then yesterday morning- I felt different. Had to stay in the wharehouse and check a few things out at work and had to walk up and down the stairs- Lift a few heavy items and I was shocked. For the first time in years- My legs ached. My muscles knew they had done some exercise and there was that stiffness that normally comes after the extra long rides or if I have done a ride pushing it all the way.
Only reason I can put it down to is a general lack of exercise. weekend rides are always on- no matter what the weather- but those midweek rides have been lackinhg recently. For some reason, after a hard days graft- I do not feel like getting out for a couple of hours on the bike when it is cold- wet or windy. So I have not done them for a month or so.
So where the good riding weather gone to? If it does not arrive soon- I will have to start taking a sickie as the fine weather seems to be in the daytime round here- as the sun pouring through the office window between 9 and 4 keeps reminding me.