Well I’ve had 3 or 4 outdoor rides on the schedule already. All of them I’ve opted to stay inside. It’s just easier. There are no lights. No stop signs. No strollers, kids or dogs getting in the way! I can get on the trainer and ride my time and get off!
Yesterday was the big day! I was going to ride outside! My trainer partner was out of town. I asked other friends. Nobody could ride. I was going solo!!
I went to swim at 9 and my bike was still on the trainer!! I got home at 11:15. I had to eat a second breakfast, knew I had to change the trainer tire, change the battery in my power tap, put the wheel back on….and anyone with a Cervelo knows getting the rear tire is not exactly easy!!
Dan had to go the burbs so he was going to drop me at Athletes Lounge so I could start at an easier location to start the ride.
I was off. First ride of the year. First solo ride in a long time. The ride was 2 hours and 40 minutes. I wasn’t even sure if I could do the ride in that time. I thought the ride out to the climb was longer and the climb itself (that I was riding 2x) was longer too. Maybe I could ride it in 2:40?!
The ride out was on dirty (hwy) 30. It was good. Flew by pretty seamlessly except for the gravel everywhere!!
I got to Rocky Point (the climb). The ride was really going to begin. It’s hard but good. 3.25 miles about 1200 ft gain!! I was loving the shady spots on the way up but loving the sunny spots on the way down. The way down wasn’t as fun as some other climbs. It’s pretty technical but I got down it pretty fast!!
I went up it a second time and felt way better. It was almost more fun the second time. I passed a different gal on both trips up. That gave me a bit of motivation to go faster when I saw them and made the pass. I was sure I was faster the second time but I was about a minute slower and averaged about 5 watts less!!
Just like that I was heading home!! I got back in the same time it took me to get there. (plus I had 2 more intervals to do) Right at 2:40! I stopped my watch and bob and weaved through 5 miles of kids, dogs, and strollers that occupy the waterfront on a sunny day!
Great ride and more confidence to ride again solo!! Just got my schedule for this week and I get to ride this routine again next week with longer intervals after!
Do you prefer to be outside? or on the trainer?