Yesterday we joined a bike group for seniors. In all, we rode 32 miles. We attended their annual picnic at about 28 miles, then rode home. They are a great bunch of people and we really enjoyed the day. We plan to ride with them again as often as possible.
Lest anyone thinks older seniors can't climb and ride strong, think again. The leader of this particular ride is 85 years young. Another member, age 75, rides a mountain bike. He invited us to join him on Fridays for a 10-mile 5% climb on one of the mountain trails. He made it sound like we'd have no problem at all. My knees hurt just thinking of it.
I hadn't ridden for a week and I did a few hills. So today we set out on an "easy" recovery ride which turned into 23 miles. I tried to use 1 or 2 rings lower than usual to keep the ride "easy", and it was fairly easy as our rides go.
Trouble is, no matter how good my intentions, when I get to a hill I turn into racer girl. I'm not competitive against others, but my taste for speed kicks in and I find myself cranking up the hill or down, and there goes the "easy" recovery ride I planned. I'm not sore and I don't feel like I over-exerted, but I'm wondering if it really was a true recovery ride.
On what basis do you judge a ride to be "recovery"? HR zone, distance, time, perceived level of exertion, avoidance of hills, or ............???
How "easy" should a recovery ride be?