Did a really nice "it's great to be alive" 25 miles on Saturday (set out to do 20). What a beautiful day to out in it. Blues skies. Moderate temperatures. Slight breeze. Ahhh... Still trying to get myself fully back from vacation. Made sure I threw in a few good, short (1/4 mile or less) but steep climbs. Did some out of the saddle to give myself a good "push". Kept my HR in check mostly, brushing -but never exceeding- my cardiologist imposed limit. Got my quads burning a bit. It felt great. Nice to know 25 is already so doable even after almost 2 weeks off the bike. I even took the hard way home. Did most of the climb standing, too.
I did notice something interesting. I've read about it but never actually tried it. To stand and climb, you normally use a taller gear than you would use in the saddle. When I got about half way up my climb home, I started to run out of gas and needed a lower gear so I sat back down, shifted, and stood back up again.
I found that, when I sat down to pedal (and shift), it was easier to maintain my cadence than if I had been sitting the whole time and trying to push the gear I was in. In fact, I would never even TRY using this gear to climb in the saddle. As I say, I've heard about this "effect" (sitting down for a rest, as it were) but I'd never experienced it before. It was kind of odd.
Then I did a 3 hour, 3 set gig yesterday. Standing the whole time. You might not think so but that's a LOT of work. I am feeling it in the legs today for sure. It was a really good gig, though.
And today it is beautiful out again and I'm having a hard time telling myself that it will be a rest day when I get home. The road, it is already calling me.