Thursday, March 22, 2012

Let the (road) training begin! Sort of...

I've already been riding on Saturday and Sunday of each week, but I have missed being outside during the week, made all the more salient with the incredible weather of the last two weeks. Tonight was the last night of our Ultimate Cycling trainer class. It lasted 11 weeks, for a total of 22 sessions (3 of which we missed because of the first nice day just begging us to be in Brookhaven, sickness, or grumpiness). Over the last two and a half months, for an hour and a half each Tuesday and Thursday night, we got on the trainers and pedaled, pedaled, pedaled. Sometimes we did lactate sprints, in which you jump out of the saddle for 15 seconds and pedal at a high cadence and then, for the next 45 seconds, maintain that cadence seated; repeat 2 or 3 times without rest. It is tiresome. Or, we might do power drills, in which you pop into the highest gear and just go for 5 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times. It was tiring, exhausting, and especially tonight, overheating. But I feel stronger and faster, and that may be borne out on the road.

I am looking forward to returning to last year's routine of Tuesday rides in the hills of Buckhead and Thursday rides in the fast loops of Brookhaven. Spring is officially here, according to all sources (the calendar, the groundhog, the 9000+ pollen count, and the green trees). The violets are blooming, the wisteria is waving in the breeze. It's the best time of year. Let's ride bikes. I'll get to, next week.

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