I've been having some nice bike rides!
Saturday, it was windy, so I went in to the park and just went hard in Zone 4 until I wore out. That doesn't take very long.
All week, I was wanting to do a certain route, which has a lot of hills. Usually when I do it, it is 30 miles with a one mile climb. I know I am not ready for that yet, so I decided to ride to the road that has the hill, and back on Sunday. So 10 miles rolling uphill and 10 miles rolling down hill. And so Sunday it was windy, and from the South, so a tough head wind. I debated, but I had been really looking forward to leaving the two routes I have been doing all year. I headed out and was in my granny gear for the first hill.
I almost changed my mind then! But I continued on, and man was the wind strong. And then a thunderstorm was coming in and it was looking pretty dark and rainy where I was headed. Then I was getting sandblasted. I would have turned around at that point, but it was a divided road at that point. I was not feeling it!! Then I felt the first rain drop right when I got to an intersection, .8 miles from my destination. So I turned around there. And man, was the tailwind fun!
I went 30-40 mph most of the way home! I was working hard, and having fun and just flying! I got home and Strava said I got 2nd-best woman on 2 sections and 2 4th-best woman. The women ahead of me are amazing racers. Love the wind-aided QOMs; makes you feel good even though you had all that wind power at your back!
Knees are sore, so I may have done a little too much! I'll ease off this week. Yesterday at the dog park, I also walked and then did hill repeats on this short steep hill of about 10 meters. It's the downhill that I was working on, as well as trying to walk down stairs normally all the time now. So, that may add to the soreness.