Ok, if you’re good at math you can probably put 2+2 together from the other blog entries in this week’s updates, plus the general subject matter of posts over the summer to surmise that there’s one thing I haven’t been doing all that much: riding a bicycle.
In fact, up and until this weekend the only two times that I’ve been on a bike at all were the September and August PEACHES rides, with perhaps one other single bike ride and a tandem ride in July. Instead, all of my spare time has been devoted to various home improvement projects.
While these projects were important, in retrospect I should have done a better job of carving out some time for cycling, as it was clearly evident from our last two PEACHES ride that my riding form, performance and endurance were all suffering… getting progressively worse from ride to ride as noted in those respective blog entries.
This weekend confirmed that downward trend has not been abated by some type of miracle, as Saturday’s ride was painful in so many ways.
- My sit bones were not happy, as they’d not spent much time on a saddle of late.
- I’d also lost my resistance to saddle rash in the nether regions, where even a liberal application of Butt Butter didn’t do me much good.
- An on-going issue with hand numbness that afflicts me on the motorcycle, computer, while painting and working with other small hand tools manifested itself ‘big time’ on the bike, exacerbated by the elastic on my arm warmers.. noting that it appears to be pinched nerves / restricted circulation in my upper arms that is the root cause of the problem… possibly self-induced and slowly being remedied.
- Absolutely no power or endurance…. a complete loss of form and conditioning.
So, we will definitely be looking to ‘smell the roses’ at next weekend’s Southern Tandem Rally and will not even attempt to hang on to the rear wheel of the usual suspects on any of the rides. No sense in holding them back while torturing ourselves: we know we suck and we know why. So, with a look towards next season, we’ll use this weekend to focus on spending time riding with friends whom we don’t often ride with and commit ourselves to getting our form back over the winter.