Well, we’re only 50 minutes from Alpental/Summit, so we both have season passes now. I want to get at least triple the amount of slope time this year – that’s 30 visits. Preferably more.
Time to buy some snow tires.
Well, at least I broke 300.
A couple things I noticed:
- Riding a difficult, relatively short routine almost daily that includes lots of climbing put the hurt on me far more than racking up a lot of miles on relatively flat terrain. I definitely experienced net gains in muscle mass even at these low numbers. Climbing is important, and having a daily routine that is bonk-proof (mine was 45 minutes, and 8 miles, mostly non-paved surfaces) lets you go flat out without worrying about energy conservation or nutrition on the bike.
- I need a better saddle for my road bike. It’s time to bite the bullet and get a Brooks. The cheap plastic one I put on there just to replace the ugly and tattered stock saddle looks fine, but places way too much pressure on the wrong places. I don’t have any desire to suffer permanent injury in pursuit of my fitness goals.
All that said, it was great to have a definite goal to work toward, and I don’t think I’ll have any problem completing this next September.
Well, I now have pretty much constant muscle soreness in one or more parts of my body. Sweet. At least it feels like I’m making progress. However, day to day progress is so hard to judge, so I set some metrics.
Check them out, if you care about that sort of thing. I should be able to generate some funky graphs, if I ever show any progress. Heh.