This was a good ride for me. Not too long and not too tall. I did ride several short hill sections back to back to make things more interesting. But, the key for me was lack of preparation. Normally, I need to fuel up before I ride. I need food. But on this day I had only a tiny bowl of sheep milk yogurt, blackberries, cashews, Chilean red banana and one small spoon of honey. And coffee. Now, if I don’t load up beforehand I have to take more food with me, but on this day I decided to forgo this sensible solution and only carry two two gel shots combined with two bottles of Heed. If you don’t know what Heed is then Google it.
I then rode hard. Too hard actually. Just to see what would happen. How long before I was done, spent, wobbly. Then I time how long it takes me to get my legs back. It’s a sick little game I like to play, post Lyme, just to see what I can get away with.
The good news is if I ride easy and slow I can now do a 50-mile ride with zero trouble. There are certain days where, if I had the time, a century could be in the cards. Riding around The OC is BORING. So boring, but it’s also very, very easy. Fifty miles at elevation in New Mexico is far more challenging but far more fun and far more beautiful. And it’s nice to know the New Mexican air you are sucking in doesn’t have a base layer of cancer like the air in The OC.(Yes, it’s actually polluted people, but they never cover this on the reality shows based here.) I always figure if you can see the air you are breathing it’s probably not that great.
But any day I can ride is a good day. Hope to see you out there.