|In other news: Cheesehead Roubaix cuesheets (with detour) are now ready.|
I always try to achieve a negative split on the Eisenbahn, returning to West Bend in less time than I needed to reach Campbellsport. On Tuesday I achieved that thanks to an unknown rider who was behind me—perhaps pursuing me—from County Highway H to Decorah Road. It might have been this guy. Whoever it was, I was determined not to get caught and pushed myself a little harder than usual.
On my standard road ride I don’t have a specific target other than to climb the hills well and to keep my heart rate in whatever range my training plan requires for that day. I had good legs yesterday but I worked for my 16 mph average on the Eisenbahn. Today I averaged 17.5 mph on much more demanding terrain, albeit on a much more efficient bike. My average heart was just 122 bpm, 66 percent of maximum. That’s barely working, and I’m taking it as a sign that my fitness is improving.