Racking up the year's miles
My riding buddy is a mile counter. He is wants to hit 3000 before the end of the year. He is closing in with just a few hundred more needed. Me - I don't track it. We headed out for what was supposed to be a 30 to 35 mile ride. I have been following a diet, making good success but the daily calorie short fall causes my energy to fade earlier than I would normally see. Todays weather was in the low 40s so with that information I headed out with my biddy for what I thought would be a cruise for about 2 hours and indeed it started out that way. Then we were overtaken by a pack of fast riders who we decided to join and off we went into the hills. We hit the first big climb and I was able to top it OK - dragging less weight up the hill helped a lot but I knew that at the top I had spent my available energy and I was carrying no fuel (remember it was going to be a 30 mile cruise). At this point we were so far out that even if we turned back at the first opportunity we were in for close to 50 miles. The pack was headed north and luckily my riding buddy decided he couldn't spend the time out so we turn for home. I ended the ride with 48 miles and feeling very weak. My afternoon was spent with a wrecking bar ripping out kitchen counters and wall board. I am totally waisted yet tomorrow we are scheduled for another 30 miles. I will need to demand we keep it to 30.
A month ago all this would have not been a problem at all but while I am fighting down my weight and riding less it is a real struggle.
My ridding buddy will easily make his goal - particularly since we are still riding two mornings a week.
I hate trying to loose weight when I am training for strength and speed, I figured I'd spend the next 6 months getting my weight down to the good climbing range (2.5 lbs/in). Am I expecting too much?