Got out last night for only the second time since getting the flu. 45 minutes. That’s a grand total of 2 hours in the past two weeks.
I felt like I maintained strength all winter, had good rides in mid-March, and then got sick and now I feel like I lost almost everything. I know I’ve read how long it takes to lose what you have, but I can’t remember it exactly. What I do know is that I haven’t had regular activity in six weeks and I pretty much have to start all over. I have nothing. Strength, energy, lactate threshold – all bad. I’m trying to rally back. I started liquid vitamins this week and I have started to feel like maybe they’re helping get my energy back.
Last night was my first ride ever on the Rivet with decent wheels. Until last night I was running some underspoked 10 year old Mavic rims with 25c wire bead training tires. Last night, the 420s with Pro Race 3s. HOLY SHIT. I can see glimpses of what I could do on that bike. I just need to get there.
I need a solid month of committing to starting over, getting basic strength back. I don’t think I can get back to riding like I used to by riding. I can’t meter my effort right now. When I get out, I go way too hard. I have no concept of an easy ride. That’s sort of what happens when you’re not afraid of hills & all you own are singlespeeds and a fucking bullet train for a geared bike.
Last night is a perfect example. “Easy just get back into it don’t overdo it ride” I still averaged 17mph, including the 5 traffic lights I had to unclip & wait for. I should probably start riding with a computer again.
I’ll get there.