Intervals; Ancient and Modern
I actually succeeded in rolling out an interval workout today on one of the best local routes I’ve seen for such things (revealed to me by Tim — thanks, Tim!). This time, my efforts were not stymied by the presence of walk-a-thons or 5Ks in progress.
My ride took me out Algonquin Parkway towards Shawnee Park, where I did the loop twice. I set PRs on the outbound Algonquin-to-Shawnee route and the Shawnee loop. The Algonquin-to-Shawnee stretch put me on the top half of that leaderboard; my PR in Shawnee might’ve bumped me up a place or two but still isn’t all that hot.
This particular workout was supposed to involve ten 30-second intervals spaced one minute apart; in fact, I think I wound up doing something like fifteen, because I lost count a couple of times (“Crap — is this eight? Or is this the second eight?”). I need to figure out some strategy for remembering which one I’m on. Maybe counting backwards will work better?
I have to admit, while I did more than the ten intervals I intended, my efforts were still a little half-baked. I could and should have gone harder. I don’t even have an excuse, really. I was just being a weenie. Today was the first day I’d been out for a serious ride in temperatures above 90F, and I wasn’t entirely sure I was ready for it, so I just sort of fudged it.
Still, some interval workout is better than none, and I did manage to lay down a decent sprint here and there … which got me thinking, on the way home, that I need to really focus more on climbing workouts anyway (not that I shouldn’t do intervals — just that I shouldn’t neglect hills).
On my ride-to-lunch, just before my “real” ride for the day, I also spotted these guys:
…The guys on G+ mostly think they’re probably reproductions (and I don’t know enough to be able to tell), but I still think they contrast with the Fearsome Fuji pretty nicely.
This weekend is the 46th Annual Wheelmen Meet, so I expect to see a lot more classic bikes roving the streets of Louisville. I’ll try to get pictures!