A little wind never hurt anyone, right? But it makes for a tough workout! Curtis and I decided to take the bikes out for a ride today on the bike trail near my house. I bundled up because I thought the wind was going to be brutal. It turns out, working harder to get through the wind kept me warm enough. Curtis did a quick out and back 1 hour ride, but I stayed out for 1:30 so I could do some intervals. I started out (into the wind) with a 20 minute warm-up at zones 1/2. The intervals were supposed to be 3x 10 minutes building to zones 4/5 with 10 minute rest intervals. After the first interval, I stopped for a quick break to take off the fingered gloves I was wearing over my cycling gloves and to try a raspberry Hammer gel. Not sure how I feel about the gel consistency. I’ll have to play around with it a bit more to see if it’ll work for me during longer rides and in races.
I rode with the wind on the second two intervals, which was really fun and really fast! Although, that meant that I had to overshoot my starting point because I got back a lot faster than it took me to ride out. I ended with a 10-15 minute cool-down. All in all, it was a great bike ride. Having to work the wind (which I found out later was a respectable 21 mph), gave me a great intensity on the first interval effort. I also got to work some small hills. The total mileage was just over 20 miles.