Slow Ramp Up


I’m lying on my couch right now, looking at my road bike which needs a tube change before tomorrow morning’s ride. I cannot summon the energy to do it.

I worked out twice today, once on the bike, again with a 4 mile hike, and I can’t tell if I’m just that out of shape, or if I’m really feeling my age these days.

My rides have felt slow to me in 2015.  It’s almost May–I got a late start (we all did here in the Northeast), but I’m still feeling like riding is taking more effort than it should.  Was my hibernation that profound?  Is the hole I’m crawling out of that deep?  I don’t know.

I’ve set some goals for myself and I put some serious thought into them to make them reasonable, yet not too soft.  I’m still super pressed for time, sneaking in rides here and there–an hour on the bike when I can grab it. When I do ride, it’s almost always on the cross bike, and I almost always try to add something different:  a new path.  A piece of dirt road I haven’t explored yet.  Even just riding the grass next to the road. If it’s going to be an effort, I need to keep it fun.

Today I stayed local while my son was at baseball practice, and explored the banks of the Connecticut River.  I saw a loon and came across these raccoon tracks.  These are the perks of exploring with a cross bike.

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I finally hired a sitter–who starts tomorrow, The extra time I buy (literally) will allow me to push into rides that are 2, 3 or more hours. I need the base miles, more time in the saddle, to stretch and build my conditioning.

But again, right now I’m barely able to lift my arm to change the channel on the TV with the remote. Hopefully as I slowly re-enter my exercise routine my fitness will return and I won’t feel so shattered every weekend.

-Karen

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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling. Always looking to see what is around the next bend in the road.

5 responses to “Slow Ramp Up”

  1. bgddyjim says :

    Hey, nice wheels! I have the same on my Venge. 😉

    You’ll get there with some good hours in the saddle. Good luck.

    • Karen says :

      Thanks Jim! Those wheels–they are smooth!

      • bgddyjim says :

        Yes they are – and decently priced too! If you have a tough time with spokes loosening (I did), I trued the wheel and tightened each spoke on the wheel 1/4 turn. No more problems.

      • Karen says :

        thanks for the intel!! I’ll watch out for that. The deal was killer–but another cyclist said he has used those wheels for years and LOVES them. Good stuff!

      • bgddyjim says :

        Oh, and your bike looks AWESOME! Well staged and nice job on the photo. 😎

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