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A slow start

Old 05-19-12, 12:43 PM
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A slow start

This morning I went out for my first club ride of the year. I have ridden with this group many times in the past so I know teh dynamics and the drill. The group usually breaks up into a B+ group which averages about 3 to 4 MPH over the advertised speed. A B group which averages about 1 to 2 MPH over and a B- group that averages about 1 MPH below. The ride was 50 miles. The longest ride I have done since last Sept was 30 miles. Posted speed 16-17 MPH. Rolling terrain with a few steep but short climbs.

I felt pretty good, have been doing intervals a few mornings a week. In years past I will usually ride with the B group and then migrate up to the B+ group about mid summer. Before the packs started to break up I was feeling pretty good, I might be able to stay with the B+ group. Then the first hill and I knew it was not going to happen. I rode with the B group for the first 40 miles. We the hit some steep rollers and I had nothing in the tank. I was surprised. I did not bonk, I know what that feels like - I just had not ridden any distance for a long time and I dropped off the cliff at 40. I got dropped like a hot potato, the B- group must have taken a short cut because I never saw them, but I got back a little after the rest. At close to the end I did catch up to one of the other B riders who said he had bonked, we finished the last mile together.

I was surprised that my stamina had such a short distance, I was planning an 80 mile ride for Memorial day, I don't think that is a wise move now. I might be able to stretch out to a metric if I don't push too hard. I also need to start thinking about the centuries that will come in Aug & Sep.

I just can't come back after winter as quickly as I did in the past.
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Sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug.

Hanging for 40 miles doesn't sound shabby to me.
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Long layoffs do not help when you get back to riding in the spring. Just trying it myself but getting to be comfortable on 40 milers now. BUT- it will happen that a ride well within my capabilities is going to hurt for no reason whatsoever. Don't know why but it happens. Next ride and I will be back to normal. Until I get to regular 60 mile rides-that was my distance last year- I know that a gentle ride can be easy or hard.

Next ride will be different and you will find yourself back up to expectations.
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Cut your self some slack, After a long lay off it takes a while. Shorter rides for a while would have been a good idea but you did fine and will get it back soon.
If you are anything like me, like Dodlesack said somedays it just isn't there for some reason.
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Mrs. Grouch and I are planning to participate in an organized ride tomorrow. It will be our first since I broke my hip. I think that I'll be OK, I've ridden 20 miles on the Katy Trail but I've got a little of that anxiety creeping back. I guess we'll see what happens.
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Originally Posted by Phil85207
Cut your self some slack, After a long lay off it takes a while. Shorter rides for a while would have been a good idea but you did fine and will get it back soon.
If you are anything like me, like Dodlesack said somedays it just isn't there for some reason.
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After my experience today (see my post), one thing I realized is that i am not going to be taking big steps up in mileage for a while. If you haven't surpassed 30 so far this year, then hanging tight for 40 was a great showing. You'll get to 50 strong miles and beyond, and I hope, so will I, but not right away....
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Increasing mileage by 10% per week seems to be a widely recommended rate. For us here in the 50+ it still remains a good idea.
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