Tuesday, 26 May 2015

26/05/2015

Ricktastic Tuesday:
I left home with a couple of extra minutes up my arm warmers to get to this morning's ride, but 200m down the road realised that I needed knee warmers too. It doesn't sound like much, an extra couple of minutes faffing about, but it gave me more impetus to push myself when we got going again. Put another way, a better mental and physical warm up than recent Tuesdays.

Rolling out on the loop with the others, it was Rick and I on the front. Two up, we chatted away, caught up on who'd done what over the weekend, and discussed how cold it was today. Up the gradual climb of Doncaster road in the back of Kew/Balwyn, I realised I was half wheeling Rick, and was having difficulty stopping. That was the first sign I was feeling alright.

I tested Rick and that feeling up High st in Doncaster, and by the top both of us were panting hard, and the other two in the group were trailing behind. Honestly, I gave that climb everything I had, and was a little disappointed that I hadn't gapped Rick too. He claimed he was spent, but I figured he'd recover and it'd be on again for Rosehill and Pony club. I worried I'd poked a monster to life.

In the end, after a little bit of shenanigans on Rosehill, I knew there wouldn't be a challenge forthcoming on Pony club, but I still wanted the effort, so hit it solo style. Now the data says it's easier/slower to go by myself, but mentally I reckon it's as hard, if not harder to push the pace with no human competition. I know this isn't news to me, but this morning, in that horrendously crisp air, that re-relisation felt profound.

Strava link.

D: 51.8km
A: 690m

PMPW: 85kg

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