Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sustaining the pace

Gerona, ESP
Thursday, August 17, 2006

You know how sometimes you just don’t feel like going outside to ride? You just want to stay home and ride the trainer? Perhaps you don’t, but it happens to me all the time… I’ve actually come to realize that most people don’t like to ride the trainer, I can’t imagine why not- but they look at me like I’m genuinely out of my mind. It kind of stimulates my mind or leaves me with more options… or something. I like to feel like I don’t have to ride at 8:00am or 1:00pm or whatever. If I wanna wait until 4:00pm to do my 5 hour ride I can, on the trainer! Sure it’s a bit absurd, but don’t put it out of proportion. Riding’s riding right? Whether it’s on the trainer or out in the middle of nowhere on some country road deep in the heart of Spain, the same rules apply. I wonder if 180 watts on the trainer is the same as 180 watts on fluctuating terrain. It must be, you just can’t put out the same max power on the trainer because you don’t have as much leverage… or something like that.
Anyway, I put off riding until 3:30pm today, so I rode the trainer for 4.5 hours. Average watts were somewhere in the range of 185. I read a good deal of “the king of torts” by John Grisham. It’s actually best to switch between reading and listening to music every hour. It’s also key to stand every five minutes or so.