|"Trust me: it will totally be worth it."|
My fitness was tested on Saturday in a 19.3-mile time trial on a rolling course in northwestern Washington County. I placed fifth out of six racers, averaging 20.2 mph. I rode hard: my average heart rate was 160 (87%), I topped out at 174 (95%), and I was pedaling squares as I crossed the finish line. The little hills really caused problems for me. So, with the also-not-flat Kirke Vei Time Trial now just three weeks away I need to return to more structured training. That plan goes into effect on Tuesday, because tomorrow I am taking a badly-needed day off from cycling.
Saturday’s Washington County Bicycle Club ride attracted a season-high 18 riders. Attendance is way ahead of last year and that’s great to see. I rode with the club for the first 10.6 miles until its route intersected with the time trial route. Club riders then turned north toward Eden while I turned south toward toil and suffering. Overall, I rode 79 miles. It was my longest day on the bike so far this year and probably the hardest, but perhaps the most satisfying.