I can get out there and push pretty hard (for me). I come home tired, sore and happy.
I understand the whole concept of rest and recovery days, the time needed for muscle fibers to repair themselves; that it's more beneficial to rest some days than to ride.
So... why do I have such a hard time doing that?
Oh, I've had the best intentions but, then, I'll see the blue skies (winter here today? Clear blue skies and temps in the 70s. We don't get this kind of weather in the summer) and the road calls.
I have no choice, I have to go out.
Just for a short ride.
Nice and easy... nothing hard. Well, that doesn't always work out, either
After giving it some thought, I see that there are two things working "against" me.
One is that -exercise aside- I like the feeling of riding. Just the sheer joy of motion on two wheels... the hypnotic spinning of the cranks in never ending circles... the air as it moves around me... the sights, the sounds, that feeling of being wherever I am because I got me there. It's the feeling of being alive.
The other is that after letting 20 years go by without those joyous feelings and no real idea of how much longer I'll be able to do this, I am making up for lost time. That a day off the bike is another day lost, an affirmation of those 20 years that I now resoundingly reject.
Heaven help me, I think I've got it bad...
On another topic... it's been a month since I've reintroduced myself to the steel world via my Jamis.
It really is a different world, too.
I've been smitten enough that -in that month- I've not been on my CF beauty at all.
Well, now I've adjusted pretty well to the Jamis.
Sure it's noticeably slower than the Giant -no surprise- by about 3 or 4 mph.
Sometimes it's faster than I can believe and sometimes it's no faster than the bike I dumped as "too slow", my Kaitai.
There's still a difference there... the Kaitai was a hard-to-push around "slow" and the Jamis is a graceful-and-easy "slow".
It always felt like it took way too much effort to to move the Fisher forward... I never had enough "oomph" to move it any faster, while the Jamis always feels like I have more head room.
So, imagine my surprise when I finally pulled the OCR down off the hooks and took it out for a spin (got my Hincapie ride coming in a few weeks, got to get ready for it) and... it's fast!
The difference in speed between it and my Jamis -depending on the terrain- could be closer to 5-7 mph.
The Giant just glides.
But one thing they do have in common? They are both smooth as butter.
So... what's the point of all this?
There is none.
Just random thoughts on a sunny Wednesday morning.
And it's supposed to be an "off" day. We'll see