And boy, and I'm glad that I waited!
What's the difference? I got to ride outside today at the park! Confused? Don't worry - I'll bring it all together by the end!
So this past weekend was full of craziness. But I have my first official bike race/ride coming up in a few weeks and I need to get some good distance rides in. But due to the busy-ness, despite the fact that the weather was delightful on Sunday, I had to ride the 38 miles on the trainer. I was not thrilled with this idea, but I tried to embrace the fact that I would be getting some big time mental training in!
|My set up!|
|1/4 done! 9.5 miles in - taking a pic just for fun!!|
When I got back out onto the trainer, my legs and mind were refreshed!
|3/4 of the way done! And not looking completely dead! YAY!|
|Yes, I got very, very bored. I started taking pics of my legs spinning! I thought this turned out pretty cool, though!|
Then, when I was almost done, my hubby came out to take a couple of pictures of me on the trainer for blog purposes!
That was going to be the end of the post.
But today changed everything! Today I got to ride outside for the first time in a few weeks. I had 20 miles on the schedule, and it was gorgeous outside - not a cloud in the sky and around 70 degrees!
I had been pretty stiff through the morning because I ran on Monday, swam yesterday morning, and had tap class last night. The first mile or so was pretty slow and creaky, but as the blood started pumping, everything just fell into place and I ended up having one of the best bike rides in my life. I noticed that I am much stronger on the hills than I usually am, and my pedal stroke is much more fluid and smooth. THAT is all thanks to the hard, mind-numbing work on the trainer! You can't coast on the trainer. It's constant spinning! I couldn't believe how much improvement I could feel in such a short time. My speed wasn't all that much faster, but how I felt during and afterward was much, much improved. I ended up riding 21 1/4 miles and it felt like nothing! It wasn't but just a few months ago when 21 miles would have been a crazy long ride for me!!
|Post 21 mile ride - putting on my "pretty please" face! I want to move closer to the Silver Comet Trail!!|
So this was a fantastic early fall day for me! I hope it was for y'all as well!!