While I'm trying to do a recovery ride. I really want to keep my heart rate down and just cruise along. Why do other cyclists have to interfere?????
I was just about at the end of my ride yesterday with only the longest and steepest hill remaining. It is about 1 mile long and averages about 10% so it can get you breathing pretty good. My goal was to ride as easily as I could up that darn thing to keep the HR down. Plus I had over 10,000 ft of climbing over the past two days and didn't want to add to the already somewhat tested legs.
About 1/4 mile from the base of the climb what do I see??? It is another cyclist that is just about at the base of the climb going the same direction as me. The first thing that enters my mind is I wonder if I can overtake the guy that has a substantial lead by the time we get to the top??? What happened to the idea of taking it easy?????
Another out of body experience. The legs and body cannot be controlled and off I go......It is if the bike knows what is going on and lunges ahead. I'm out of the saddle pumping like mad. I hit the base of the hill with a good head of steam and settle into a good cadence for climbing but several gears harder than what I'd planned. I lock in on the other cyclist and he's moving along pretty good but I can tell I'm gaining ground and closing the gap. The HR is soaring, the legs are screaming but there is another rider ahead who needs to be caught!!!!
Up we go both quickly closing in on the top. The fellow ahead hears me coming and picks up the pace. Oh NO!! Find another gear and off I go.
About one bike length from the top I'm able to inch past him. We have a little conversation and off I go.
Paid for it but hey, how often do you get a chance like that????