I said "I'd ride every day if I could get off these damned pills", because they damage the kidneys over time, but wondered on the drive home if that was an empty boast. I avoid back-to-back days as a rule, so unless something changed, I was lying to myself saying that. I decided it was time to challenge myself, to see if I could manage the fatigue and get it done.
|6 of 7 days for 214 miles and 13,000 ft climbing|
The hardest day, by far, was the day I rode my single speed bike for "only" 20 miles. I was tired, yes, but worse, my quads were so sore and tight I thought for sure they'd lock up on me coming home up a 10%+ grade.
As it turned out, the 52/19 gearing was excellent for spinning and my legs felt better and better as I went along. This recovery ride was a real confidence builder, offering hope that a generous warm-up period, or light day, could heal better than sitting at home.
I'm really excited now, like there's a new frontier out there to be explored, and I can't wait to explore it!