I haven’t blogged recently. And, I haven’t cycled outside much either. The two are inextricably linked. Being out on my bike in the wind, sun, and rain inspires me, freeing my mind to explore, and create.
I have been cycling! Indoors on a spinning bike. A lot. I’m preparing for the Pacific Populaire, the first local century ride of the season. For the past 3 months, I have been spinning, lifting, and stretching for 2+ hours most every morning focusing on increasing my pedalling power, and losing weight. I am pleased with the results but anxious to get outside more with Chas and Lou.
Several of you have noticed my absence. I’m flattered. It wasn’t my intension to stop writing, or reading your posts. It just happened. I had the proverbial “writer’s block”. My focus was on training, and I didn’t think my workouts would be of much interest to anyone. I was more into cadence, wattage, bike fit angles, resting heart rates, and lactate thresholds than anyone in their right mind would want to hear. I have learned a lot but, if you are not into that kind of thing, you would immediately dismiss my post.
The weather has improved. Sun and warm temperatures are forecast all of next week, so I’m taking my workouts outside with Chas. We’ll do laps around the Stanley Park Road, cycle out to Horseshoe Bay and back on Marine Drive, and tackle repeat climbs up the Spanish Banks hill to UBC. That will get my creative juices going. These routes are some of the most scenic in these parts.
I have 2 more weeks before the Pacific Popular; 2 weeks to build up the mileage; 2 weeks to toughen what is left of my bottom; and, 2 weeks to get the fuel mixture right. I have “bonked” before. If I hydrate “too” much, I pee frequently. Too frequently. But, if I don’t take in enough fluid, I “bonk”! I loose power, and cramp. Oh, how I hate those crippling cramps. There is a delicate balance where I continually take in the calories I expend, and replace the fluid lost. For me, that’s about 350-500 calories, and one 20 ounce bottle of water every hour depending on temperature and effort. Getting it right is more art than science. I have 2 weeks to experiment.