Monday, May 4, 2009
Another 35-mile Ride
Just returned from a really nice 35-mile bike ride on my regular out-and-back course (17.5 mph average). Went out at a moderate pace, then on the way back, from miles 20-30, I did intervals of 1 mile hard, 1 mile easy. Really hammered the hard miles. Not only is 35 miles seeming shorter, but a 17 mph pace seems almost pedestrian...BUT...I haven't started training hills yet. That'll be a new and challenging experience. Maybe I'll do 2-3 weeks more of these types of interval rides, then start pounding the hills. I hate to say it, but my running intensity is probably going to start taking a back seat to the cycling now. I really want to be ready to take on the 12 miles of uphill on the first part of the triathlon bike leg I'm doing in August. Lately, I'm actually enjoying the riding, so maybe I can stay focused. But after the triathlon, much more effort will go into running.