Great ride yesterday inspired by some killer music.
Despite my broken toe, I’m feeling really good this week. My energy level is up, my legs feel good (it took them a couple days to fully recover from Sunday’s hilly 103 mile ride) and I’m feeling decently strong on the bike.
Yesterday I only had a little over an hour to ride, so I decided to see how many miles I could ride in 01:15:00. I wound up getting in 28.3 miles (45.54 kilometers), which is just a hair under a 23 mi/h (37 km/h) average speed. It was definitely a focused lower Zone 4/Threshold effort (solo), but I never once felt like I was in danger of falling off my pace/wattage target.
If I’m feeling like I was yesterday this coming Saturday when I do the Mount Dora Bike Festival 100 mile ride, I think it will be my fastest century yet. Of course a lot of that depends on if I can get in with a fast, but safe, group. With the right group I think a 22-23 mi/h average on this century will be very do-able. We’ll see.
Sometimes I like to ride without music (and I never do when I’m riding with another person or a group), but when I’m doing a hard solo ride I almost always want tunes. Music = watts. 🙂
Yesterday I decided to put my MP3 player (the excellent SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip paired with the equally awesome MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones, which earned a spot on my Favorite Things list) on “Random”, and let it pick from the nearly 8,000 songs I currently have installed on the microSD card…
I love it when my random playlist cooperates with my desired pace! Yesterday was one of those days, and I was served up a relentless onslaught of fast-paced, hard-rocking tunes. Granted a lot of the music on my MP3 player falls under that category, but there’s also the very real possibility that something like ‘The Night‘ or ‘America‘ (excellent songs, by the way, but not exactly ideal tunes for hammering) could make an ill-timed appearance.
At one point deep into my ride the blistering G3 (Petrucci, Vai and Satriani) live cover of ZZ Top’s ‘LaGrange’ came on. Oh man, when the song kicked in so did my legs! I forgot about the pain, and was just grooving down the road. There was a ton of traffic, and I’ll bet people were cracking up at the sight of me: my legs were churning at 100 RPM, I was completely drenched in sweat, my half grimaced/half smiling yap was wide open and I was tapping my hands on the hoods as I barreled down the road. I was 100% in the zone. My average speed on that section was 24.9 mi/h (40 km/h). Thanks for the assist, Satch and co.
I want to be well-rested for the Mount Dora Bike Festival this weekend, so I’m going to close out the work week with a couple easy days. Hope to see many of you out there on Saturday and Sunday!