Let me start by saying I ended this past season as a B+ rider in great shape and riding faster than I ever had. I also had a bad fall in August you can read about in a previous post.
After a few months of occasional rides I found time for a long ride. In order to maximize my riding time I rode from Nyack to meet up with the Gran Fondo Training Ride starting at Strictly Bikes in Englewood.
I left Nyack at 7:30 Leaving what I thought would be more than enough time to arrive at Strictly Bikes before 9am. Today was a wet, warm and windy day. I dressed appropriately knee warmers and a windbreaker for the wind and wet. I felt good on the ride down 9W, even riding strong over tough hills near the start. Once I crossed the State line the wind picked up. I pushed on arriving at Strictly at 9:04 just before the C group pulled out. I stuffed a power bar in my mouth and headed out with the group.
As soon as we left Strictly I could tell I was in trouble. My legs were achy and I was pushing it to keep up with the group. Once we hit 9W it only got worse. I told the group to push on without and watched them quickly drop me and disappear down the road. This video clip sums it up perfectly.
Guess I can’t get by with the occasional ride and need to spend more time in trainer town.
Thanks for reading.