So here’s the scenario, and it’s not really all that hypothetical because it happened to me just yesterday…
You’ve been slogging out the miles in the cold all month long. In fact, for the first time ever you’ve only missed three days since the weather “technically” broke. Now, “broke” is a highly subjective term. In all honesty, it’s been cold and riding in temps below freezing is getting a little old. You do it though because t’s working. You feel spectacular, you’re fast and in better shape that you’ve ever been after the first month of the season.
So, you’re up on your normal rest day. You’ve got a club ride tomorrow and you know you want to rest the guns for tomorrow’s festivities… But, it’s 55 degrees and sunny out (albeit, crazy windy). What do you do?!
A). I don’t care, I have a plan and I’m sticking to it! Today is my day off and my butt is on the couch! Then you spend the rest of the evening staring out the window, lamenting what could have been…
B). Second place is first loser! Buckle up and hammer it hard! It’s sunny and 55! No warmup, you’re out of the driveway and on the gas! Woohoo!!! You pull a hammy on the first climb and limp home with one leg.
C). You decide to commune with nature and clean the yard, counting picking up sticks and raking the stones out of your grass and back into the shoulder as your “WOD”. Let’s see now… Carry the one, carry the three… 1,273 calories burned! You sit down to a feast, don’t skip desert and can’t imagine how you gained five pounds the next time you check the scale. [Ed. Tsk. Tsk.]
D). A perfect opportunity for a recovery ride! Still, it’s so nice out you decide on the race bike. Who cares that the thing is so awesome it cannot be ridden at speeds below 20 mph unless you’re riding dead into a gale-force wind… You’ll ride it slow, this time. Really… See B.
E). A perfect day for a recovery ride! You even opt for the rain bike and keep it to a speed that you’d be embarrassed if your friends saw you riding that slow and have a spectacularly enjoyable ride, coming in at about 16-1/2 mph. You feel like a hundred dollars.
Dude, E. Six days a week and twice on Sunday. Celebrate the warmth! Besides, it’s March, it’ll rain you out soon enough. Take your rest day then.
My condolences the those who ride in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Now, there’s a funny capper to this one… I’m cruising down Miller road, in the bike lane, on my slow bike with the wind at my back at 26 mph and I pass a friend I ride with on a rare occasion. I know I’m just taking it easy so he’ll catch up soon enough and we can ride back together. A mile and a half later I look back and I’d been pulling away from him the whole time. I drop the pace down to 12(ish) and let him catch up and he says, “Man, I didn’t know if you were going to let me reel you in”.
Oh yes, it’s going to be a good year!
UPDATE: To prove my point:
That’s Michigan, baby!
Believe it or not, this will not dampen my ride this evening if the forecast holds true… It’ll warm up to 45, dry out and we’ll be at it. I hope.