Some of you might have noticed that I took a week off of blogging. I didn’t really take a week off, but rather was working hard enough that blogging lost its priority status in my life. Additionally, for totally different reasons, I took a few weeks off from being on the bicycle. Today, after missing yesterday, I hit the road again. I have to tell you, missing three weeks off can really teach you some things (or as they say just a bit north of here, it’ll learn you something).
Here’s what three weeks off the bike gets you.
A deep appreciation of rhythm. Getting out on the bike regularly is so much easier than going in fits and spurts. Your body and muscles are more prepared. They scream much less when you come to the hills.
A chance to walk up some hills. This is my worst feeling, but sometimes I let a hit get to me psychologically. I could have just kept going, but it looked steep and it felt steep, and I wasn’t really prepared for it. I hate that. I hate holding other people up. They are too nice to razz me but…maybe they will do it when I am not around.
Either way, it was still a good day to be on the bike and the first 35kms were good enough. There is a holiday tomorrow and I hope to get back on the bike. They promised a slow ride…we’ll see.