Oh my, did I ever suffer on Sunday. I made it out for an Easter morning ride with my friend Joe. It was a gorgeous day indeed. Although that didn't keep me from suffering, and man did I.
I had a completely off day. I previously road the Gravel Grinder and raved about how good I felt and how fun the ride was. It was something like 3100ft of climbing in 28 miles. The Easter ride was only 2400ft in 41 miles. Less climbing and more pain. As soon as we came to the first climb I was struggling. By the time we got to the second climb I had nothing in the legs and limped up in first gear. I knew that this wasn't going to be easy.
I stuck to it and despite the suffering, I had a great time. Although I knew when I had enough and luckily that was near the end of our ride. I got home and I was cooked. My legs hurt like they did when I did the VT50 last year. That was a 9:14 ride with tons of climbing. I was definitely off! That same day, my wife ran 11 miles. After dinner she suggested that we go walk the dogs around Indian Brook Reservoir. I reluctantly accepted and in the end I agreed that it was a good idea. It loosened my legs up completely.
Yesterday I did my bike commute and it proved that I was just off. I can't believe the experience but I had it. Now I have to focus on why and try to avoid that in the future. Especially this weekend. I don't want my 300k brevet to be a death march.