Between cut and maintenance; Excellent training ride yesterday!
This is the first time I’ve written a free-form blog on Sunday in many years. As most of you know, every Sunday I take stock of my progress along whatever path I happen to be on at that time (usually cutting or maintenance). Right now I’m sort of between stages…
In my March 27, 2015 blog, I announced that I’ve decided to maintain at around 165 pounds instead of my initial target of 160 pounds. If you want to learn my reasons for this choice, check out Friday’s blog.
So right now I’m in a transitional stage between the end of my cut and my target maintenance weight.
The retrospective humor of the last few weeks of my cut is not lost on me. Those last couple weeks in particular were tough and, as it turns out, all that was for nothing. 🙂 Actually that’s not true at all: the self-discipline and dedication required to diet down to that far is good for the soul. Doing things that take us out of our comfort zones is how we grow, so I don’t regret those final few weeks of my cut at all. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, and I’m mentally stronger for seeing it though.
I know I’m making the right choice by revising my maintenance weight. Yesterday’s ride reaffirmed that in a big way: I did a tough 122 kilometer/76 mile training ride with my friend Paul, and I felt very solid the entire time. My legs felt a little wobbly when we first rolled out (probably still a little tired from the 100 mile ride I did on the indoor trainer a couple days prior), but once I warmed up I felt great. I only consumed a single gel packet as intra-ride nutrition, and that was all I needed.
The route included a little over 2,000 feet of elevation, but the real story was the wind. Paul and I were dealing with strong headwinds and crosswinds nearly the entire ride. We also had some average speed-killing slowdowns as we made our way through a couple of the towns (one of which was holding a festival, so that section was agonizingly slow). Despite the wind and slow grinds through the towns, the two of us managed an overall ride average of 21 MPH. Without the crawls through those towns our ride average would have been well over 22 MPH. Not bad for a couple of guys at war with the wind. Solid teamwork with a strong friend, an excellent route and stunning weather made for a very memorable morning in the saddle. Great ride, Paul!