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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-01-07, 06:14 AM   #1
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Tough Day on the Road

I don't know what happened yesterday, but it was an awful ride. For locals, I did the Butler Training ride, but at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Saturday, I did a really hard 75-mile ride, followed by a 1.5-hour recovery ride on SUnday, then took Monday off, and figured I'd hit it hard again on Tuesday. Well, yesterday, I did hit it pretty hard, but everything just felt wrong. There was a headwind of about 15-20 mph, and it was much hotter than it has been lately. However, my average speed was down about 3mph fromn where it usually is on this ride. I basically crawled the last few miles home. I have no idea. Diet was the same, everything. I don't get it.
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15-20 mph headwind + much hotter = slower average speed. No big surprise there - although 3 mph decrease sounds extreme. Some of what you say sounds like the effects of overtraining. Ummm...what about your tire pressures??
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15-20 mph headwind + much hotter = slower average speed. No big surprise there - although 3 mph decrease sounds extreme. Some of what you say sounds like the effects of overtraining. Ummm...what about your tire pressures??
I pumped before I left and was at about 116 in both tires. I don't know...hopefully, today will prove different. I plan on doing intervals today, so average speed won't really play into the picture.

I failed to mention that on the way home, I was riding the MUp home, when an older guy passed me, and said, "You spent all that money on a bike to be that slow?" then laughed, and rode away. That hurt, but I had also ridden about 20 miles into the aformentioned headwind by that time.
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