I rode yesterday for the first time in two weeks. On the ride two weeks ago my son was in town and we went for a 40 mile ride. It was a great ride and I was feeling strong. Then I went to Arizona for a week to a software conference. Since returning home I've been very busy working. I've been so caught up in my work that I haven't made time to ride. In fact, I am so focused on work that I'm not even motivated to ride. For the month of October I only logged 177 miles, not good.
Yesterday I made myself go for a ride. I knew I needed the exercise. In fact, my wife was telling me I needed to ride. So late afternoon I went for a ride on my hour loop. The bike felt strange. I just wanted to take it easy and resisted the urge to push. After about 10 minutes the bike felt natural again, but I sure could feel it in my legs and my butt. It didn't take long before I knew I was sitting on a bicycle saddle.
The ride itself was nice. The temperature was almost 70 degrees and not much wind, and the traffic was lite; in other words.. nearly perfect conditions to be on a bike ride. It felt good to be on the bike again even though I sure could feel it. This morning my body is a bit sore and stiff. I believe I turned in the slowest time for this route, but then I was not trying to push, just enjoy the ride.
I still got a lot of work to do, but I've got to take time out to ride I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter and it's going to be difficult to keep my motivation up. I'm hoping that by the end of the year I'll have my work caught up and I can focus more on cycling, but in the mean time I must take the time to do a little riding or it's going to be a very ugly spring.. Just a few weeks ago I had all these high hopes of 2012 being a great year on the bike. If I don't do the training 2012 won't be any better than the past two years.