A peek at the weather forecast this morning indicated a 0% chance of precipitation for the day. That’s the first time in a week or two that I’ve seen that and I knew I needed to take advantage. Time to bike into work! It was pretty brisk in the morning at -3C (27F) but I dressed pretty appropriately so it didn’t feel too bad. I tried to keep my cadence over 90 rpm as much as possible and the ride was fantastic.
Since yesterday’s canceled ride was supposed to be all about hill repeats I figured that my uphill ride home would be a half decent substitute. I also thought I’d include some hill repeats on the big hill into my neighborhood…that I normally try to avoid. I left behind my backpack at work, left behind my extra warm clothes (since it had now warmed up) and anything else I didn’t need. I didn’t want any extra weight, I just wanted to ride. Last year this ride home would just kill me. I found it so hard! Now that I’ve got a bike computer with cadence on it I’m finding that it is really helping my riding. Last year I was just trying to push big gears which would be okay on the flats, but it would tire my legs out and the hills would be so hard. I really noticed today that if I focused on 90 rpm for as much as possible I was riding quickly and efficiently, and I was taking the hills like nobodies business. I went through three hill repeats and would have loved to do more, but I could see some nasty clouds in the distance (0% chance of precipitation???). I wanted to get home and get a brick run in before things got nasty. Here’s the elevation profile for my ride home:
When I got home I threw on my running shoes and headed out for my 20 minute brick run. At first my legs felt a bit wooden but they sorted themselves out reasonably quickly. After the ride home I was floored by my pace – 2.27 mi in 20 min, which is an 8:49/mi pace. That’s a bit faster than I normally run! So all in all…a great day for workouts!!
Now off to bed so that I can be up and raring to go for my swim tomorrow morning!