The past six months or so–or perhaps longer–have been somewhat unfocused when it comes to cycling (and quite a few other things, for that matter). It turns out that a little more structure is better than no structure at all.
A few weeks ago, I helped my wife make a training plan for a 25k trail run that she’s shooting for in early October. Since I was at it already, I used the same template to make myself a somewhat structured training plan using the Heck of the North as the target.
After a couple of weeks of getting used to the rhythm of this plan–and a holiday weekend during which I was riding the Bear 100–I’m starting to find my groove again and riding in more focused and concentrated way.
Besides daily commuting, riding the long way home at least three times a week, one fast hilly ride in the middle of the week, and the Saturday morning coffee-outside ride, I have a longer ride scheduled for Sundays.
Yesterday found me riding east and south of Madison on some of my favorite country roads for a 55 mile loop that I covered solo at 15.7mph average. Respectable, especially given that the wind was blowing from the ENE in the mid-teens and gusting to twice that much of the time.
And then I drank some beer, grilled corndogs (and other sausages), and sat around the firepit well into the evening. Recovery is just as important as training, you know.