Tonight is the last, last club ride of the season – the night ride.
When I got home from work last night, I had a choice: Throw on all of the cycling gear, including lights, or fight it out on the trainer. The weather was fair, temp wasn’t too bad, and the (paved) roads were dry.
Even so, I chose simple.
We had rain in the morning so the dirt roads would have been gnarly and I had no desire to ride on paved roads in the dark. Truth told, I’ve had a fantastic season but I’ve had my fill of paved roads for a while. Well, at least till tonight, but that’s a different story – the night ride is one of the most enjoyable of the year.
Back to last night; I popped Star Trek Beyond into the DVD player and got to turning the crank over. The first 25 minutes I just enjoyed the movie whilst building up a sweat.
Then I upshifted a gear. I don’t know what I was thinking – I have no reason to start the harder workouts right now. The progressive resistance was almost immediate in catching up. I smirked and hammered the crank for five minutes, then downshifted (I really did, I smirked – I love that $#!+). So I’m 30 minutes into the ride, with fifteen to go. Five minutes go by and I’m watching the movie again. My right hand, middle finger, pushed the upshift lever. Now I’m thinking I might be a little batty. Hard efforts don’t have to start for just shy of two months. But…
Another five minutes cranking out some of the hardest watts I’ve cranked out all year – including Tuesday nights – and I’m thinking I just might change how I go after this off season. Rather than wait to start hammering at the new year, what if I start now. Think of the head start I could get. Ooh, the hamster wheel in my melon is turning.
To cut to the chase, I’m a little fired up about having so much resistance built into a trainer. I’m not used to being able to push out 400-500 watts, and I haven’t even come close to the trainer’s max yet. I’m thinking about how much fun next season is going to be.
I was in excellent shape coming into this past spring, but I’m getting a little fired up to see how fast I can make myself for next year.