I finally had a couple of halfway decent rides this past weekend. Let me give you a little background into what's been happening to me.
After snowboarding all winter long I finally got back on my mountain bike at the end of March. For about 8 weeks straight I was riding almost everyday making incredible gains in fitness. I was loving life until all of a sudden a hit a wall. My legs were constantly tired and I just couldn't seem to recover from a ride. In fact, I felt like my fitness deteriorating instead of improving so I decided to take it easy for a couple of weeks.
On Saturday I decided to get back on the bike and do a long ride. In the beginning my legs felt weak and it seemed like my heart rate was a lot higher than usual. I felt off and actually crashed on a short downhill. I was going down a short hill, thinking about how I didn't feel very good instead of paying attention to the trail and hit a hole that was covered with grass. My hand slipped off the handlebar when I hit the hole and I fell off my bike right on my stomach. Luckily there was not major damage to me or my bike, just a few scrapes to the leg. I won't be showing off my legs to Cheryl...
At that point I was ready to give up and just go home but I decided to stick with it. I struggled for a couple of miles but then it seemed like everything was coming together. I was feeling great and it seemed like I was flowing with the trail. It felt so great to finally have a good ride after feeling so crappy for the past two weeks.
I'm still not riding as fast as I was three weeks ago. It took me 15 minutes longer to do this ride on Saturday than it did three weeks ago but at least I felt much better on the bike. Hopefully my fitness will continue to improve now that my body seems to have recovered.