I had such a fun day yesterday riding my first metric century. The atmosphere of group riding was amazing and the weather was insanely perfect. After our post-ride meal we came home and showered and pretty much did as little as possible for the rest of the night! The sun and the ride really wiped us! I took it as the perfect opportunity to re-watch “Pitch Perfect.” It was a great day spent with one of my faves.
I always forget to put on sunscreen because it is winter 10 months of the year here so I got a bit of colour. My Garmin tan is sure coming along.
Can you tell where my cycling shorts come to?
I showed off my lovely
tan burn lines at the gym this morning. I started by walking on the treadmill and slowly working up to a slow run. And I mean slow. My legs were tired but it felt good to get them going just a little bit and loosen them up. I wasn’t sore in any specific place, just tired. Cycling is SO MUCH less impact compared to running because if I had RUN for almost four hours yesterday I wouldn’t have been on the treadmill at the gym this morning! I did 50 minutes of arm strength training as well… why are shoulder presses so hard?
I really did love the Tour de L’Alberta yesterday. As competitive as I am, I liked that the event wasn’t timed and it was all about enjoying the little towns we stopped in along the way, getting out and riding, and taking advantage of the gorgeous Alberta scenery on a lovely summer day. Don’t get me wrong, I liked when I pulled into one of the aid stations and the lady said, “You must be going fast, you guys are some of the first ones here!” but I enjoyed not setting a goal and exploring new roads on my bike. I also learned a few things.
- Eating and drinking is a lot easier when I am cycling and not running. I mixed Gatorade and water at every aid station and not once did I feel sick.
- I love the feeling of lactic acid in my quads. Pumping hard to pass someone or trying my hardest not to lose speed or cadence up a hill was one of the best feelings.
- Drafting is a real. Take advantage. But also don’t be that person that is always drafting off of a group – have your turn at the front. You can literally feel yourself being pulled when you are in or behind a group and it is awesome. The last half of the ride wasn’t as fast for me because I was mostly alone!