It's crazy to think that I've been training for 5 months now. I
know I've made progress, but honestly... I'm definitely feeling
the effects of weeks of bad weather, successive colds, and a rough
week of taking care of a sick wife & daughter. The last month
has not been super-productive on the bike.
But I've hit a couple of important milestones, so I can't say
I didn't accomplish anything.
- Previous weight: 181.6#
- Current weight: 178.6#
I'm now back under 180# for the first time
in years. That's definitely good for my health, and
good for my cycling.
I've replaced the chainrings & chain on my bike, and it's
running much more smoothly now. I can feel that there's
a much more solid transfer of power from the pedals
through the rear wheel.
I also took my road bike to the local bike shop for a tune-up, and
they did a fantastic job. It's noticeably
smoother. Unfortunately, I think the shifters are finally starting
to give out after 13 years, so it may be time for a new groupset
soon. I only ever use my road bike for training rides, so I'm
going to just make do for the time being and keep my eyes peeled
for a bargain.
Poised for New PRs
I rode up Coachwhip for the first time in ages this week, and
posted a time just 6 seconds shy of my PR, and faster by far than
I've been in more than 2 years. It's chafes a bit that I've had to
work this hard to get back to where I was a few years back, but so
be it. I'm hear, and there's nothing but open road ahead.
Unfortunately, I have some kind of chest cold that's making it
tough to really go full throttle. I have to respect the need to
rest and get healthy. But I'm also in sort of a golden moment at
work where my schedule allows me to ride more than usual, and I
don't want to miss that opportunity. So I'm holding myself back
just a little, and we'll see how I feel next week.
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