Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Inspiration and Speed
I was out on my road bike today, trying to keep a decent average speed. My legs were pretty stiff from a long run Monday, so it was tough to really push it. I was about 45km into the 65km route, and had begun resigning myself to the fact that I wouldn't be able to hit my 30km/h target over a pretty hilly route.
And then... inspiration! Another rider catches me by surprise and passes me.
At first I was just going to see if I could match his speed. Not drafting him, but just keep the gap steady. Then we came to a downhill, he stopped pedalling, I kept going, and passed him. Now I was hammering it trying to stay ahead - but with the uphill Mr. Skinny Dude kicked my butt and passed me again!
I caught back up to him, and on the next long gradual downhill, once again passed him. Then another uphill, he passed me. Repeat. Chatted a bit with him before turning off and going our separate ways.
I looked down and my average speed... nice surprise, I was within a shout of my goal with a few kilometers to make up the rest. Ended up at 30.2km/h - nice!
Morale of the story: sore legs are a crappy excuse, there is always more in the tank depending on how badly you want to find it!