I’m only 98 miles from my second thousand-mile month in a row. The good aspect in this month is that I was working through most of it.
Over COVIDcation, I put in a lot of enjoyable miles, taking it easy for most of them. I didn’t know any better so I was antsy a few of those days about taking it too easy riding with my wife. Oh, how wrong I was and I’m actually really stoked I can relax through March and April in the future. My early training was… how should I put this… not exactly according to standard practices. Most people go too easy and wonder why they can’t get fast. I went hard, all the time, and got fast quick, but I never learned to back off and that’s affected how I ride today. Let’s say I’ve developed a nervous tick that won’t let me enjoy easy miles because I keep thinking I’m missing out on an opportunity to get stronger – and that’s entirely the wrong way to look at it. I’m working at correcting this.
Anyway, Wednesday night’s ride was going to be interesting… I struggled mightily in the heat Tuesday night and I think it was just too much over too many days, plus 91° heat. I was cooked after 24 miles (unfortunately, I the route was 33).
I got a text from Chuck that he’d be ready shortly after 5 and I was ready to go at 4:30 so I left early for some extra miles. I had my bandit parking lot AA meeting that evening and I wanted to be showered and ready to go and I needed some miles to put myself in a position to successfully hit 1,000 miles for May. I readied myself and took off.
I should add, I took off thinking I’d corrected a bottom bracket tick from the other day. A mile later I knew I hadn’t and it wasn’t a bottom bracket, it was the headset. I went three miles then turned around and headed home to straighten out the tick. I also re-set the seat post, just in case. Then I headed over to my buddy’s house to pick him up, bike still ticking. When I got to my buddy’s house I used his Allen wrenches to try the chainring bolts. Two were loose. Maybe that did it, I thought.
I got out of the saddle to accelerate and pulled back hard on the handlebar and that caused something in the headset to click into place – I don’t know what the hell happened (everything was properly tight, checked, double checked, etc.) but the tick went away. And so I was happy. All’s well that ends well (I re-set and tightened up the headset later, after the ride and after I cleaned up).
I mentioned to Chuck that I needed an easy day and he said that would be perfect for him so we had a mainly sit up and chat fun ride. We talked about government edicts and being governed over being ruled and a whole host of other fun topics. Chuck and I play for the same team so, when we’re riding together, we can safely discuss such things normally verboten on bike rides (there’s no politics on bike rides… UNLESS you know for an absolute fact everyone is on the same team – in that case, discuss away).
So we fixed a little bit of the world Wednesday and I was able to get 28 fantastic, easy miles in before heading out to our meeting.
It was a busy day, but I slept like a baby. Life is good.