So, how do you make a short 35 mile bike ride feel like at least 65 miles? Well take some good ol' Texas heat and humidity, add in a bright sunny day, and then don't ride your bike for half the year!
Yeah...today was the 32nd annual Tour de Paris, which is now our 'local' ride. While it was nice to sleep in sort of, and not have to rush to get there (and be home in 15 minutes was grand!), we were not quite expecting it to take so much out of us. It is true that neither DH nor I have ridden any distance this year due to the whole move/getting settled/unpacking/rain/heat. However, we have not been inactive. We have been weightlifting regularly, and have dropped fat and added some muscle. So we figured we would ride the 20mi route, and see if we felt ok to continue for the 35mi section.
The lesson learned is that weight training is not equal to aerobic cycling endurance. There is carryover, for short bursts of force, such as going up a hill, but for continual turnover of the legs, it sucks. We need to ride more. Period.
Squat camp is next week in Ft Worth, and I am staying the night before with our dog rescue friends at TIRR. At least I know my legs are ready for squat camp!