I have received some very good advice since joining this forum and it has started to pay off. I mentioned in another post that a few weeks ago I managed to push myself too hard and ended up with a pretty sore leg for my trouble. I didn’t mention that the day I over did it was a day when I do a lot of other high impact exercising.
It seems hard to believe that I could develop more stamina by taking a day off between long rides than I can by riding every day but that is just what is happening. Saturday I did 10 miles of rather flat riding. Monday I did 8 miles with a few small hills mixed in and today I did 20 miles taking the same ride I did last month that just about did me in.
I plan on sticking to my new regiment of hydration, fuel and rest while putting on base miles. If next month works out as well as the last few weeks I may rejoin the LBS group rides once a month. They ride three time a week now but I have other commitments two of those days.
Thanks to all that have posted what works for them so I can modify some of that to works for me. My weight is dropping, my blood pressure is dropping and my cholesterol is better than it has been in 15 years.
The bad part is I am going to blame all of you when I try to explain to my wife why I need another bike.