WTF Mornings

Why is it some rides are just utterly brutal for no apparent reason? I had one of those rides yesterday morning, and I’m still baffled by it. Why? It was barely a ride at all.

I’m not talking about bonking it the middle of a long, hard ride here, this was a 6.6 mile commute that kicked my ass worse than any century ride I’ve ever done. I was feeling fine when I left, but about a mile into the commute it just felt like my legs were dying and my lungs were refusing to take in any oxygen. I felt like puking twice on the ride, and the most stressful part of the ride is the whopping 40 foot “hill” in the middle. By the time I got to work, I was gasping for air, dripping with sweat, and wobbling on unsteady legs. It was like I ate some bad oysters in a sweat lodge.

What the hell? I can do this ride when I’m quite literally sick and tired. I can do it in 105 degree temperatures. I can do it while toting 20 pounds of clothes, lunch, and other gear in my bag. Why could I barely do it yesterday morning?

I guess these are just the little mysteries of life that help keep cycling interesting. Or maybe it’s just my fat ass telling me I really need to get serious about the training again. Whatever it was, next time just send me an email.

[crossposted from my main site, The Bramble]

  • rossdelduca

    I think the comments of Ted and Will both help to underscore part of the intent of this exercise. The whole idea behind #15mpd is not to add additional training miles to everyone’s schedules. Rather, it is to look at cycling as a completely normal part of life – look at it as casually as you would getting in your car to drive to the grocery store.

    You never hear anyone talking about “taking a day off of walking” or “taking a day off of driving” Why? Because these are just normal parts of life.

    For many of us roadies (and yes, I’m very much in this group) every ride has to be a structured training ride. In fact, I fully intend for a great number of these miles to be *off* of my road bike. How will I ensure that riding every day doesn’t result in me over training? Well, I’ll ride a cruiser or a single-speed urban bike on my “recovery” days.

    The idea behind #15mpd – and committing to a year – is to train ourselves to not only look at the bike as a competitive, goal oriented piece of sporting equipment, but also as useful and common as a pair of sneakers.

    Let’s face it – there are 70 year old guys in Holland that do this – and have been doing this for most of their lives – all while wearing a wool suit and stylish hat.

    I’m a Fred. I love to spend money on my bikes. I also want to ensure I don’t miss out on the simpler pleasures of cycling along the way. Marathon runners still walk – and maybe even take casual walks in the park with their lovers. Why should cyclists be different?

  • louplummer

    Know that you are not alone. This happened to me twice last year. Neither occasion, upon analysis, offered any clues as to the cause of the problem. I definitely needed some more cowbell.