For some of you that live in areas where it's not convenient to ride year round are just now really itching and excited about being able to ride on a more consistent basis. It's probably hard to believe someone feels like they have ridden enough already this year!
The past couple of years I backed off the amount and intensity of riding I had been doing. Some of it was due to some physical issues that set me back and I just didn't feel like making the effort to get back to top form. However late last year I found a renewed spark and for 6 months have hit the riding pretty hard. I was able to lose 20 pounds and get well below the weight I was when I was riding my best. I've done lots of training rides and a number of centuries over that period. I've been excited to get back out riding with my small riding group on Tuesday and Thursday nights and suffer with intense efforts. Along the way came some new toys......a new bike and new wheels. All of that added to the motivation.
However Saturday I started seeing signs that it was time to back off a little. I made a stupid mistake and did an impromptu long ride (120 miles) just 5 days after doing a 100 miler that had almost 11,000 ft of climbing. My body had not fully recovered and I tried to push the pace too much to stay with a strong group. It became more of chore........and I found I wasn't enjoying it.
This isn't new to me, just seems to be coming earlier this year. I've learned and just have to keep reminding myself to take some breaks. I've done this before and found it's okay to devote a little more time to other interests for a while. Maybe I'll start backing off in July??????? There is already too much planned for June!!!