Power meter data doesn’t lie. For a bit over a year now I’ve been struggling with a painful paradox…a truism: it’s the short, hard stuff that improves power.
That could certainly be taken out of context cause for sure going long has changed everything about cycling for me, and all for the better. Well mostly. It’s just that with a chronic disposition, it’s so easy to be that dogsled mutt flogging myself for hours on end. A couple of those a week and there isn’t much room or desire for the short hard power increasing sort of work. Back to back 3-4 day camps with Yuri and Camp Lynda…coming not too long after the November Trans Utah explorations (can you say 1000 TSS weekends?) which came on the heels of 24 hours of Moab which came on the heels of …
See what I mean? Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Since Camp Lynda I’ve been good. The chronic has been chained to his doghouse and the power meter has been on board to keep me in check and on track. Part of the plan has been group rides. It’s been fun to get out and be sociable on bikes.
Riding a SS helps. SS requires fresh legs – with gears you can always go a bit easier. Not with SS. It forces you to be fresh, so to speak, cause if you aren’t you won’t want to ride.
SS being the new learning focus this year, we’ve been trying new things. It’s working. The past coupla weekends we’ve had some wow rides on the SS. We’ve tossed about ideas, put them to the test and these files don’t lie. We’ve both pushed our PB MMNP curves upwards in the 2-5 hour region. Sun was 65 miles of big dirt climbs and headwinds in 5 hours flat. Is that possible? It made us both giddy at times.
It was sorta funny. Scott joined us for the ride. He flew in for the weekend so was on a borrowed bike. In the first few miles as we’re warming up I look over at Lynda and she was positively exuding crack. Pure and unfiltered. A twinkle in the eye, position on the bike, smile in the corner of her mouth. I just started laughing…I know my gal and Scott was about to get a front row seat to the crack show.
2008 is looking sooo good. 2 Epic but not too epic, just right.