Yesterday I used to be smelling my oats so I made a decision to hit my first COM try since I used to be 70 years previous. Tried a brief steep climb up West Principal on my light-weight Sirrus upright. It was very disagreeable, climbing so onerous makes me have a severe oxygen debt, and in the present day it additionally induced a foul short-term headache. I feel it is as a result of my sinuses have been already congested on account of allergy season – the orchards are beginning to bloom in these areas which is gorgeous however sadly can even trigger allergic reactions. So I made a decision to surrender the try. Future KOM makes an attempt must be much less abrupt and longer. I like the sensation of a little bit burning in my legs throughout onerous efforts, however I positively do not just like the burning sensation in my lungs throughout steep climbs. Fortunately the headache went away after I acquired again into cruise mode.
I then returned house and adjusted bikes for my recumbent, and cruised 2.5 hours southeast alongside the foothills east of San Marino and Gilroy. I threw a couple of intervals on the way in which again and felt nice afterwards. I typically need to catch myself and remind myself that my most important motivation in driving, apart from train for good well being, is the nice feeling of “shifting meditation”. Aggressive targets like KOMs are good for motivation, however not in the event that they spoil the enjoyable of racing.