We were supposed to do the Rosedale ride today, one of my favorite bike rides. However, with the rain predicted, the wind, my general fatigue, we elected to stay home. I opted to bike the same distance, but on my trainer. Well, I overdid it. I’ve been too tired to move the rest of the day. Lesson learned…for now.
After taking my usual double load of RPM classes this morning, we set out to check out a trail I wanted to see for sometime: River Place Trail. I knew it had the highest elevation change in all of Austin, and it had a ton of steps – thousands; and, my understanding was correct. However, it was the perfect day for a hike. I can’t wait to go back!
After another long day, I went home and biked a 210-watt ride for 16 miles. Though, it’s not long, it was intense. Afterward, I lost my appetite. With nothing else appealing, I remembered The Originator; and the originator did the job!
Today, we made the ride from Jefferson City to Hermann. Well, some of us made the ride. I made the 60 miles in sub 30 degree temperatures, in snow, mud, and wind. My other half hitchhiked the second half of the trip in his Pjs (he forgot pants!). Along the way, I stumbled upon a wild ram and a bald eagle. The rest of the path was devoid of any life: spooky and beautiful. I don’t think I can ever forget today’s ride: the hardest ride of my life.
We’ve had a bike trip planned for nine months. Jeff. City, where we will be starting, has had unseasonably warm weather for the last three weeks. We start our bike ride on Saturday. A fluke snow storm also arrives Saturday. So, it looks like we will be snowbiking. The weather can’t stop us!
That’s what I’m calling myself now. Since starting on my Zwift trainer a little under 2 weeks ago, I have continued to increase my power watts – even if only by one. I have found my new addiction.
Today, I rode on my trainer again. This is my new favorite hobby. Though it’s taken several rides to get it calibrated accurately, I think I finally got it. And, when measuring my power to weight output, I discovered I’m right at the edge of Cat 5. My goal has always been to get to Cat 4, but this makes a great start!
Today, I didn’t get home until late, but not so late that I didn’t get to go on a run/walk. With temperatures in the 50s and dropping, it was a perfect Texas January outdoor journey.
Recently, I adopted my boyfriend’s Tacx bike trainer. At that same time, I became a Zwift member. I think I found a new addiction. I’m already an exercise-addict, but I am also now a Zwift addict. With the ability to compete with people all around the world in the sweaty comfort of my house, my competitive self is happy.