metric challenge 2021: february

Believe or not completing this on the very last day of the month was according to plan. Since last weekend when it was clear that Spring was coming this week and that cycling was back on the cards I’d planned to do my 100K spin yesterday. However, a bit of over exuberance and lack of thought on route choices on Friday left me with a much bigger week than expected. This forced me to rearrange the weekend and make Saturday a recovery day.

As I said yesterday recovery rides are not my forte. I set out with the best of intentions but it usually ends up a normal ride, slightly slower and with my cadence on the higher side. My legs were tired and achy yesterday which forced me to focus on my form and actually resulted in a proper low power and heart rate spin at a higher cadence. As a result today felt great.

In Covid times I’m still not comfortable being very far from home so I chose to ride a similar route to last month. I shortened it slightly to give me 2 full laps of approx 37km plus a final shorter lap of approx 26km. I felt the meal break at 50km was too early last month but 75km turned out to be perfect today. It was nice to get back to the house, eat something proper and stretch out for a bit. Having a short lap to finish was also a nice mental boost to get going again.

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The nicest part of the day was just under 5km from home. A little girl, about 7 years old, came along the pavement just as I was pulling away from traffic lights. She called out “I saw you this morning too”. She was absolutely delighted with herself and full of happiness. It put a big smile on my face that took me all the way home.

I’m heading back to work on Saturday and the weather is set to be good again all week. If all goes according to plan I hope to repeat this ride on Thursday 🤞

Header image © Strava. 100KM Gran Fondo February 2021.

5 thoughts on “metric challenge 2021: february

  1. bgddyjim

    I wonder if you struggle with the recovery rides because you feel you’re missing out on a chance to get stronger. I can tell you without a doubt, you’ll get stronger with slow rides now and again. It’s science, and taking it easy now and again is super awesome.

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    1. idlecyclist Post author

      100% agree. I think the issue is that I usually only have 3 spins a week and don’t want to “waste” a day so I’m not used to recovery riding. Yesterday I was forced to do it properly and as you say it was awesome 👌

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      1. bgddyjim

        Ah! If you’re only riding three days a week you don’t need any active recovery days unless your legs feel smoked, as you wrote. Active recovery is for those who ride 5 to 7 days a week.

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