I had a terrible morning yesterday. So once the dust settled in the afternoon, I took the chance for an extended ride, and headed out along the bike path. The goal was to log about 90 minutes spinning the cranks at 140 BPM and 90-100 RPM.
After so long just doing short, close spins on familiar trails, it really felt good to stretch out a little, explore new territory, and be able to just keep going as long as I had daylight.
I could feel the recent barbell work in my legs. Better power and stability in my hips, for sure. I'm now secure that focusing on dead lifts for this strength cycle is a good call. I need a stronger hip hinge. It's what I feel when I push hard in the saddle, and when I'm downhilling on my mountain bike.