I've had a couple good rides since I last posted. I apologize for the sometimes slow posting. My voicemail has been full with messages asking me when I am going to get the next post online. I'll give a quick rundown of the recent rides.
The most notable was a ride two Saturdays ago out in B-more county. It was a pretty rigourous ride hitting some dreadfull hilly roads. I was happy to say though, at the end of Corbett Road I felt pretty decent. The workout was hard, but I only had moderate use of my granny gear. I will say though that the road seemed like it would never end. The cue sheet schedule called for a right off of York and a left on Old York. I kinda a assumed Old York was near new york. The road kept on going so far that I actually stopped at one point and turned around .... fortunately I caught up with ken who I had been riding with and since he had done the road last week, I was pretty confident following him.
I was pleased to hear that during that ride we did more climbing than we will do out in Tahoe. I was particularly pleased when I noticed my final pace was 14.6 mph, and my pace for Tahoe last year was 13.4. Its good to see I am improving and my legs and heart are getting stronger. It was a rigourous ride and I feel good about completing it well. While I wasn't really interested in doing another 30 miles right then and there, if I had to I certainly could have.
This weekend was a good ride. I was out on the eastern shore of Maryland with my folks for the weekend, so I missed the weekly ride with the Team, but I was able to get in my own little 75 mile ride. All in all also a very good ride. A few problems here and there with my right foot getting a hot spot and my left calf getting a little sore. The hot spot went away when I took my shoes off at lunch time and the left calf just seemed to work itself out after about a ten mile spot in the 50 to 60 mile area where it bothered me. I also wore my heart rate monitor and it was nice to notice that I was in the low 160 bps range which is ~84 % of HRM (heart rate max) and is a pretty decent work out zone for me.
I've has a good few rides during the week just keeping me in shape. Training went really well this year and I feel good about things.
I'll be reporting back from Tahoe soon!