I had a great ride today. I am supposed to be re-establishing my base for the next couple of weeks. My cardiovascular system has recovered and I’m able to get my heart rate up, and it’s more than obliged to tick up with little effort. That makes me really happy…now I’m just waiting for the legs to come around. I rode up Lefthand Canyon today, and it was tricky because I was supposed to go easy. I love going hard uphill, so I was playing a game with myself- how slow can I go uphill and still be spinning at a somewhat reasonable cadence. It was pretty nice to be able to train again. I feel so much better. It really messes with me when I can’t really ride– love that endorphin romance. I’ve even written a song about it. 😉 haha
My favorite thing about the day was when the wind would kick up (I rode in the evening) and the breeze would be crisp from the rushing river and the air was fragrant with pine trees. It is truly an out of body experience for me. *Almost* nothing better. 😉 😉
My least favorite thing about the ride today where the chode monkeys. I hate them. I really do. I hate when people are going slow, I pass them, and then they jump on my wheel. I don’t want to pull them around. I’m trying to do my own ride. Usually it’s 40 to 50 year old guys who can’t stand to have a girl pass them, they sit on my wheel, then they attack me and blow up spectacularly and I have to pass them again. When they pass me, they are going all out so their whole body is moving all over the bike and their butt is bouncing up and down. The last thing I want to see is chode ass all over my field of view. I got really mad at one of them today, so I felt the urge to ride him off my wheel, and then I was mad at myself because I went too hard for my ride. I wish that I could just slam on my brakes, or that I was a guy with a surplus of stinky gas so I could crop dust him in the face.
I’m going camping with my family next week. I really can’t wait…I’ve gone to this campground every year of my life. It’s South Mineral Campground outside Silverton, CO. It’s my favorite place in the entire world. I’m going to be home for the weekend which I’m looking forward to. 🙂 I can’t wait to not wake up to an alarm.
Deer Valley is in 2.5 weeks. I think my body will be ready. I’m also trying really hard to drop a couple of pounds before then and throughout the rest of the season. No drinking, sweets, and I’m back to my 98% gluten free racing diet. For some stupid reason, I’m still carrying like 8-10 extra lbs of winter weight. Frustrating as hell. That’s a lot to carry uphill. I don’t want to look like a beached whale by the pool either.