I roller bladed all through October last year, nearly every day. I put my skates up in September this year at the first sign of cool weather. I replaced my nearly hour long skate with a 30 minute walk. I only rode my bike 6 times in October this year. What happened? It’s been a slow decline, but I’m feeling it all too quickly now. In October 2012 I logged 48 hours on Strava, in October 2o13 I logged 17 hours. September was even worse and this November isn’t looking any better. There are several explanations for this, mainly revolving around the amount of free time I had available, but really, who cares, excuses are excuses.
I’m still not quite recovered from my wreck 9 days ago. My knee is mostly better and really only hurts when climbing stairs, my ribs are an enigma of pain. Sometimes they hurt so bad I can barely bend over, other times I don’t even notice them. I think it has alot to do with the amount of ibuprofen I’ve ate.
I’ve realized on the last few mountain bike rides that my body wasn’t performing quite right. I still had good power, but using the power was leaving me winded. My lack of endurance was compounded with a weaker core. When you’re winded and your lower back is feeling like jello you’re bike handling suffers, you crash.
Realizing that I needed to take drastic measures I forced myself onto the trainer Sunday as it was a rainy stormy day. The Tornado outbreak that claimed 6 Illinoisans blew through that day. I did an hour workout, but because of my aching knee and aching ribs I never really pushed hard, even though attempting to push was winding me way too fast.
Tonight I had a bit of extra time and I took my Single Speed project bike to a graveled mountain bike trail and did some laps. I mounted a 22 tooth cog on the bike before the ride and it was easy to feel the difference between the 21 tooth. I managed to make the steep climbs on the trail but my times were about 30% slower then last December. What part of that was the Single Speed, what part was me?
I suppose the good news is that I’ve caught this slide and am working towards correcting it. The bad thing is that I’ll never have the kind of time I had in Fall last year, I just have to make the most of the time I have now.