|Trace The Mitten|
This time of year riding outside does not work for me some days because I do not like to ride in the rain.
On tours I have not avoided taking off in downpours, but for training I would rather not start out in the rain. If rain is a possibility I head out prepared. I will check the weather report before I leave the house. All my rain gear has been trial tested in actual conditions at home. I do not want to discover that the gear does not work while I am experiencing a wet day away from comforts.
On a tour I have rain gear as the top layer of the pack for easy access or in the handlebar bag. If
With the warmer weather I am riding my outside routes. The Strava App keeps track of my rides over created segments of the path. I could see this week how these times compared to the recent years. I do not do hard training compared to others, but I am happy when my times get faster.
I am pleased with the good start to the good season. I am trying to hold myself back from jumping into too many miles too quickly. My first April ride was on the 11th and I have gone out three days after that , in between I go an easy day.
My quick assessment for the improvement is from working on spin speed and having a plan to push harder gears without creating knee pain. There also has been some conscious work on breathing during exercise and some improvement from using the gears more effectively.
During the first 11 days of April the weather was cold , rainy and snowy. and I did many rides in my basement on the trainers. To pass the time I watched You Tube bike riding segments. I stuck me after watching a few that some scenes were very similar to where I ride. You can tell by my pictures that I am not on those rocky single tracks at high elevations. I would not be able to handle the elevation and inclines on a bike. I probably could hike.
The point for me with this revelation is that I should and do enjoy my current ride and locale. I just love riding.If I am not then I should look for another place to ride. I would love to go cycle Europe, but that is not the cards right now. I will keep the dream and work toward it in the coming years Most people feel that riding is best in the quiet nature settings. I travel through woods, parks, along farm fields, along quiet roads and into nice little towns. I saw some woods, parks, fields, quiet roads, and town in these You tube clips . I am content where I am at. I will dream and work toward those dream rides.