Being warm on a ride is relative to how well you dress. For this weekends rides, I felt cold most of the way. I thought I had picked out the appropriate clothes. If it is below 40, I usually wear my Pearl Izumi Amfib bib tights, a base layer a jersey, Lake boots, Pearl Izumi gloves and a Balaclava (sp?). Usually, I stay pretty warm. This weekend it wasn't so.
I felt cold for the entire ride. Maybe it is because this year I have been spoiled with the relatively nice weather. If there is a nice thing about doing a ride when you are chilled to the bone, it is when the ride is over. Sunday, all I thought about for the last 10miles was the big canister of instant cocao. When I got home I started heating a batch of hot chocolate while I got into some warm clothes. There was some homemade Chicken Soup to warm up too. Thanks to my wife :)
This weekends workouts included a trip to the gym for some weightlifting. It was my first time back since probably last march. I did light weight and very high reps for everything. Mostly to get use to the range of motion. It was so easy I started questioning why I was there. I think I accomplished my mission because Sunday I start feeling the affects of the workout in my legs and upper body.
Saturday, I did a 3:10hr ride up to Ft Calhoun. I had plenty of energy for the whole ride. Again the focus for the ride was high cadence and HR no higher than Zone 2 (155bpm). The hill North of NP Dodge park always seems to spike my HR. So instead of riding up it, I got off the bike and walked in order to keep in the proper training zone.
Sunday, I rode on the Iowa side of the river. The plan was to ride to Missouri valley. This is a relativly flat route with a steep bump early(walked up this one too) and a longer 4-6% grade later by Honey Creek. Most of the course was flat. I was cold most of the way. When I road through Cresent, I had been riding for about an hour. Missouri Valley was still 14 miles away. So I decided to ride another 30min then turn around. I just wanted to be done. Even though this ride was 3hrs long, I felt like I was training for only 2hrs. After about 2hrs I didn't care about my cadence or HR. I just wanted to finish.
I am glad today is a rest day.