The more I ride the less I know and understand about this cycling stuff.
I think I've ridden less the past couple weeks than I rode in one day a couple weeks ago doing RAIN (160 miles).
Since RAIN I've done all the stuff you're not supposed to do to keep the fitness up. I went on vacation and ate lots of fried food and sweets-probably enjoyed some good beverages. Last week involved a lot of travel and included a heavy dose of Mexican food and an even heavier dose of Margaritas. Plus I've been working VERY long days with several stressful situations. Add to that I have not been getting the rest I should be getting either.
So........ we have our monthly Time Trial at the Speedway last night and because of all the "anti-fitness" things above I'm thinking of not even riding for fear of hurting myself-or my pride. However I take my TT bike just in case. I go ahead and ride.
While not a PR, I had my best time of the year by a pretty good margin. I felt good out on the track and I was able to get my heart rate up and keep it where it needed to. I was able to give it all I had for the full 10 miles which I had not been able to do in the 3 previous events this year. Other folks times were not measurably faster so it wasn't the track conditions.
Just when I think I'm going to do horribly it works out to be the opposite. I continue to enjoy riding but I really just don't understand this riding stuff-or maybe how my body reacts to it?!?!