Yesterday morning I obeyed my coach and headed to the base of Piney Mountain to get in some more interval training. The efforts were followed by some steady endurance riding until I used up my time. The evening was a contrast as I took my bicycle to a Cruise In at the Lil’ Rebel restaurant.
The weather that morning was great. It was a cool morning and as I continued with my intervals some clouds moved in to cover the sun that began to climb up the horizon. I needed the relief because the efforts were a challenge.
Last time I did this, I pushed it pretty hard for about 90 seconds. This time I decided to make the intervals to the top of the hill. This stretched out my time for the climb to between 2:10 and 2:20. Granted, I backed things off a little so that I could pace myself up, but I still averaged over 350 watts for everyone and close to 400 for several.
By the way, why does he have me doing this? One of the goals I have had for several years and have never accomplished is a 11:15 climb up Paris Mountain. If it was just my confidence in myself I was depending on, I would just give that up.
Where my confidence is in what I know my coach has been able to do for me in the past. I know that if I just keep doing these workouts I will have the best chance ever to reach that goal. I’m excited to see how I improve over the next several weeks.
What really should be training for is a loooooong endurance effort. I’ve got to start thinking about the 2011 Ride for Mike. I have never ridden 220 miles before. Sure, I’ve ridden 7 centuries in a row, but that is a bit different than doing two centuries back-to-back.
That brings us to the Cruise In. I was there with my family to show support to the Ellis family. It was kind of funny looking around as I rolled my bicycle up toward the check-in booth. All around me was everything from rat rods to finely restored, award winning automobiles.
I was joining with the crowd because they too were there helping support the Ellis family. The organizers gave me the opportunity to explain what I was doing and why. We handed out some flyers and I showed off the Felt to some of the car guys.
All-in-all it was an enjoyable evening. I was reminded again for the good many people do day in and day out — both as individuals and as a community. You can help people doing something you love — whether you are riding a bicycle or showing off your restored car.