And I am not looking forward to my date with George this Sunday.
Forget that I have to get up at 6AM on a Sunday (heresy!); no, it's more than that.
I just came off of a cruise ship on Sunday. Spent 8 days and 7 nights sailing the Caribbean, eating and drinking like royalty. In fact, once I got my stomach in shape by midweek, I ate more at dinner than I normally would in an entire day. And why not? It's why you're there in the first place, isn't it?
Oh, sure, I made concessions to healthiness and tried to stay in some kind of shape.
We took the stairs everywhere and left the elevator to the folks.
We walked the top deck jogging track.
We even walked to the bar to get our drinks (Mojitos are really, really good!)
I went up to the gym and rode the LifeCycle for an hour. Once. In my bike shorts (yes, I brought a pair of shorts). OK, I wanted to do that twice but it didn't quite work out.
We left the ship in Miami and spent the night there to watch the SuperBowl before flying home the next morning. I brought home a horrible cold. In the end, I held my weight gain for the week down to about 3 or 4 pounds. Could have been much, much worse. But let's here it for the cold, today I way a pound or two less than I did before we left for the trip. Yay.
Even with a cold, I hit the trainer for an hour on my first day back. Just an easy spin to keep the joints loose and the blood flowing.
But, with this 25 mile ride coming up, yesterday was the first time I rode a bike in anger in nearly 2 weeks.
Even with all I did to try and stay in condition, the best I could do was about 6 miles and I felt like I was riding in mud. Just had no life in me at all. Now, granted, I focussed on a lot of 1/2 to 1 mile climbs -anything from about 3% to 8%- but it just wasn't coming easy. Maybe it was what was left of the cold enervating me, I don't know.
All I know, is that about a week before I left for Miami, I rode the loop I'll be doing on Sunday and it was well within me to do it (part of it twice. I got lost and had to go back and do part of it over again) but now I don't know. I don't think I can do it. I have doubts. I need another week to get back into shape and I don't have that week. HELP ME!