My first big outdoor ride of the spring, last year was on March 4th. The year before it was March 5th. The year before, March 7th – basically the first weekend of March, going back to 2012 (the first full year I started tracking my rides).
We’re just shy of halfway between the North Pole and the Equator. Those to the north of us have a little more time, but for everyone else, those first few rides are only a few weeks away, and for those of us who aren’t on Zwift with a smart trainer, spring will be a rude awakening if we haven’t been hitting the turbo sessions hard.
This week, if you’ve been following along, you should be well into dabbling in your hardest gear. You’ve had one or two easy days, but you’re spending some decent time in your chosen “toughest gear”.
The next three weeks are going to be used to build up leg strength so you’ll be spending entire workouts in the hard gear – because once you’re there, all you have to do is take your bike outside.
It may not feel like it today (we’re into the ugly temps in Michigan), but we’re going to be outside in no time. Hit this last few weeks hard so you won’t have to play catch-up with your friends.
Now is the time.
Ride hard, my friends.