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Did that century yesterday, I think my gambit worked!

Saturday, February 6, 2016 by  
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February
6
2016

I’ve been fighting off a cold or something most of this week. I felt particularly crappy on Wednesday’s ride, and even worse all day Thursday (see yesterday’s blog if you missed it).

Yesterday I had a 100+ mile training ride scheduled with my usual Friday training partners, Chris and Sebastian. I’d been looking forward to the ride all week long, and had even created a very cool route just for this particular ride. I warned Chris and Sebastian on Thursday night that I might have to bail on the ride and go short if I was feeling even worse on Friday morning. 🙁

When I woke up on Friday I wasn’t feeling any better, but I also wasn’t feeling worse. It was a borderline call, but I decided to go forward with the scheduled century.

As we started to warm-up (straight into a strong headwind), I realized that I was actually feeling pretty damn good. Chris and Sebastian are more into the warmer months, and they were not digging the cold air. I, on the other hand, was in hog heaven! I love riding when it’s in the upper 40s/lower 50s, especially when the sun is shining like it was yesterday. Also, I think I may have been running a slight fever (I’ve been feeling really flushed the past few days), and so the cool air felt especially awesome to me.

Quick stop on yesterday's training ride (L-R: Me, Chris, Sebastian).  Photo credit: Christopher Garcia

Quick stop on yesterday’s training ride (L-R: Me, Chris, Sebastian). Photo credit: Christopher Garcia

 

While we rode we talked about the upcoming 167 mile Cross-Florida ride (XFL), which some of you may recall I did a couple years ago (I skipped it last year). We talked about joining forces with the Blue Hammers, and really hitting this year’s XFL hard. We decided to make yesterday’s ride the first in our series of training rides leading up to the event. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to do it.

So towards the end of yesterday’s ride I was still feeling excellent! My legs felt strong, my cardio felt good, I wasn’t feeling weak and I had plenty of energy remaining. I figured it might have been the endorphins, but a few hours after the ride I still felt great. I decided to celebrate with my customary recovery beverage of choice:

Buckley approved.

Buckley approved.

 

This morning I feel pretty damn good! Hell, my legs don’t even feel tired. Looks like I made the right choice yesterday.

Great ride, gentlemen!

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