I ride just for the love of it, and before I ever raced or participated in events like fondos, I enjoyed just being on my bike.
I realized that most days during that week I didn’t drink very much water. Could dehydration really effect my muscles and my recovery that much?
I slowly began to grasp that I should have been pushing myself to the point that my legs were begging for mercy by the end.
I had only been back on the bike for three or four weeks at that point, not feeling very fast or strong, yet I decided to make my return to racing with a time trial, just eleven weeks postpartum.
This was fantastic news and something that I had wanted to happen, but what did this pregnancy mean for me in regard to my riding and training?
Now that the days are getting shorter, even those early morning or post work rides may be getting cut shorter and shorter due to dwindling daylight. These are the times where it is great to have some kind of plan for your riding to make the most of the time you do have on the bike.
I quickly began to feel like my heart was pounding out of my chest. Since there was less oxygen at this altitude, each breath I took gave my body much less of the 02 it was looking for.
I love kids and loved the idea of getting more kids on bikes, so how could I say no. However, after volunteering for this coaching position I realized that I was actually going to have to ride my mountain bike every week.
Forcing your legs to work at a much higher cadence will start to change your muscles and muscle memory, getting those muscles used to turning the legs at a higher rate of speed with less gearing and more efficiency.