This past week (Monday through Friday) of rest was really nice with some hockey and easier riding thrown in. The rest was definitely needed after 2+ of my longest weeks of the year. By friday, I had only put in about 6-7 hours.
On Saturday we had plans to head up to my in-laws, but Jen let me sneak out in the morning for a ride. It was only about 2 hours, but 1 of the hours was as hard as I could go... 100% on the climbs and then what ever I could take on everything else. OUCH! I have never been and never will be very disciplined about doing intervals out on the road, so when I need intensity, I just go out alone and race myself....I usually win.
Sunday, Fisher, Sam and I headed out on a longer ride in HOPE of getting some more base miles in. I rode my mountain bike with slicks, so Fisher was on his road bike. I didn't check the forecast and that is probably a good thing because we were doing an out-and-back with the first 2+ hours into a 20mph headwind. With wind like that, keeping the HR and intensity low is almost impossible. Sam turned around after about 1 hour because he had to be somewhere....Chris and I pulled each other to Northfield where the flags were pointed up (you know when a flag is straight, it is windy, but when it points up, you are screwed). Needless to say, Fisher and I were cooked, and we cruised home at a more comfortable pace....in talking on the way home, I said, "Many I was going like 90% on every pull and 100% on the climbs." Chris said he felt the same...sweet??
In other news:
I parted ways with one of my mountain bikes (the fuel ex that I bought last fall), as I came to the realization that 5 mountain bikes and no road bikes just doesn't make sense.
Soooooo, I don't want to upset anyone, but I may be purchasing a road bike soon...that is right R-O-A-D. Since selling my road bike last year, I have missed having one. They are fun, fast, and mountain bikes on the road aren't all that comfortable for more than 3 hours.
Now should I get this?
Or this? (OK so it's a 'cross bike, but close enough)