Last Thursday, July 3rd, I planned a big day riding...as previously mentioned. I got out around 8:30 and started heading North.
St. Cloud, Sartell, Rice, Opal, Bowlus, Elmdale, Flensburg, Randall, Pillager, around and through Brainerd, Pine Center, and the cabin. Ended with 130 miles.
There was either a head wind or no wind (which feels like a headwind) the entire ride. I could tell my legs hadn't recovered from the previous week yet. Heavy and sluggish.
I worked Saturday and somewhat planned to bike home from the cabin, which is about 60 miles via a direct route. But at 5:15 in the morning the wind was already kicking up pretty strong out of the south. Wasn't feeling a beat down for 3-4 hours. Jen drove me!
Because Saturday was the nicest day I drove back up after work. Got my swim on, glad I went back.
Sunday we packed up and headed for home. I really wanted a ride but did yard work and such instead. Again I thought about going out but the wind was ridiculous and I could still feel my legs. I did get a lap in at the North Loop to check it out. I officially opened it up, minus a few small sections. Finally!
So only a few days of riding last week, but still around 11-12 hours I'd guess.
Just finished up a 3 hour ride with Matt and Mike. Super nice to get a ride in before 8! Bonus was I felt great!
I really struggle with the whole balancing thing: family, riding, work, and recovery. Never know if I'm doing the right thing. During the moment I was bumming I wasn't riding but now know it was the right thing. Always more riding to do!