Even though it’s only been 2 weeks since the race, I decided to pull out the road bike today and see how I really felt. The road bike felt strange at first and unstable. It took a few miles for me to begin to understand how the bike responded. I also had changed the gearing to a compact crankset so that I could climb hills easier. As a result, I found myself fumbling through gears until I found the best range for the ride. So by mile 6 I finally found my place on the bike.
The purpose of the ride was to discover how tired I might be and also to determine a starting point for all future rides. The 25-mile ride went quickly and effortlessly. It seems that I am better shape than I thought I was. Next weekend I will try to break 40 miles or so and start working my way up over the next 16 weeks to 120 miles.
I put together my workout schedule today, which I will post as well for those wondering how far I have to go over the next 16 weeks. It’s a little daunting for now, but hopefully, it will become more tangible over the next few weeks. We shall see.