Back in the saddle again

Whoopie ti yi yo
Pedaling to and fro
Back in the saddle again

Whoopie ti yi yay
I’m on my way
Back in the saddle again

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After riding 41 miles yesterday, I guess it’s safe to say I’m back in the saddle.

I’ve been slowly ramping up the miles. During the month of February, I’ve done rides of 1 mile, 4 miles, 10 miles, 21 miles, 30 miles, and 41 miles. These have gone from being very scary to almost normal.

I will say I’ve lost a ton of speed. My cardio-vasky has a long way to go. I was gassed at the end of the 20/30 mile rides, but a bit better on the 40 miler yesterday. I climbed Mohave last week (a piddly little climb, but with some 6% grade) and it felt like a big mountain. Climbed Desert Cove yesterday, (not quite as piddly, but still a mild climb) out Via Linda way, and I’m noticing the improvement.

It felt weird, riding my old training routes. I haven’t seen these roads in quite some time.

I doubt, though, that I could ride South Mountain. I don’t think I could make it to the top right now. And I’d be scared to death zooming back down.

And we’ll have fun, fun, fun

Yesterday’s ride was the first time I’ve had fun riding since coming back. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever enjoy riding again. It’s funny, I’d been so eager to start cycling, wistfully watching groups ride by when out walking the dogster, but then when I did start, it was like … meh! But yesterday, it was definitely enjoyable. It was fun seeing numerous riding acquaintances from various cycling groups – people I haven’t seen in a long time.

The Woolies

Can’t say enough about using a (merino) wool base layer this time of year. It’s absolutely the perfect material. It keeps you warm, yet it doesn’t hold moisture, so you don’t get the evaporative cooling effect that makes you feel cold after you take your jacket off – but you also don’t overheat, even after the temps warm up later in the morning.

I wish I’d known about this years ago – I learned this trick from the double century riders. So much for the fancy-dancy modern materials.

Riding probably short-lived

Shoulder is ever so slowly improving, though it’s likely I’ll have another surgery this month, which means being off the bike again – right when the weather will be at it’s finest here in Phoenix. Hopefully, (hey all you grammarians, I don’t care if using hopefully in this manner is grammatically incorrect … tough doodoo), having the surgery will be a short-term setback with long-term gains.

Hmm… maybe I should put off the surgery until summer, when it gets a wee bit hot here in the Phoenix valley.

On the yoga front

I can almost do plank pose. I’m so close. All those iso-strength exercises in therapy are paying off. Downward dog is still a ways off though. It’s frustrating not being able to do many of the poses I used to do. Power class is out of the question right now. It’s shocking how limited my range of motion is. I don’t notice that much anymore, for normal, everyday activities. But it’s the attempts at yoga that are convincing me maybe surgery would be worthwhile.


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