So, when I commute by bike to work, I ride about 4.5 miles each way with a BART ride in between. As my mileage requirement for training increases, I decided today to do the 4.5 miles to BART in the morning and pedal all the way home from work. First off, it dropped about 20˚ (rain is on the way) from the time I started until I got home, and there were really strong headwinds. Though I’ve never really ridden this area, I had no idea most of the route in the direction I was going was also uphill (dang those cars are deceiving). To say the least, I was bushed with a measly 19 miles! Now, I do have to say, I have a physical job; so maybe it takes more of a toll on me than I realized.
I’m trying not to be demoralized about this experience. It’s such a great way to get an increase in mileage. I’ll try it again next week…..
“Good morale in cycling comes from good legs.” –Sean Yates