As the summer progresses my riding is settling into the new pattern alluded to in the previous blog.
My rides with Susan are now up in the 35-50 mile range, at a low to moderate aerobic rate. (L)
My weekend rides without Susan, with our regular riding group are the same mileage but at a moderate to high moderate aerobic rate. (M)
My weekday rides with the Tue/Thur group tend to push the high aerobic rate. (H)
If I ride four times in a good week I get:
L on Saturday
M on Sunday
L on Tuesday
H on Thursday
The BIG SURPRISE about all this is that I feel good about all the rides. I am ready for the L rides as well as the M and H rides.
I am less tired between rides since I am not always riding hard.
I am ready for the L rides as a way to just enjoy the scenery and not worry about other riders (these rides are all two to five people, no pace lines).
Of course, I have an advantage in being able to ride pretty much as often as I want. Not sure I would feel the same if I was still working.
For me the key is, Susan is back on her bike, riding the distances I like at a speed I find comfortable (i.e. not too slow).
All is good.