Sluggish morning? Count me in! I was still in my pajamas by noon, knowing very well I was due for another short ride today. Temperature hovered at 3C, still not my ideal long-distance temperature yet. Finally at 1pm, I got my acts together. Somehow, somewhere, my legs erupted energy. I was in the zone and completely focused on maintaining a quick cadence. I wanted to push it until my halfway point. At 16km, I achieved a non-drafting PB averaging at 27.9km/hr. I’m no stranger to this route, yet have never hit this pace even on a hot summer day.
I continued on after a quick break and was hit with some icy headwind. Pace slowed. I started searching for beautiful scenery which usually helps keep me motivated, except the trees were bare and the brown grass was sad.
The earlier pace wasn’t maintained but I’m satisfied with the final time. I’m a “24kph-kinda-gal”, so this will do for today!
I read an article this morning that hit me real hard on the latest Get Out There Magazine (Mar/Apr’13 issue). The article titled “The Need for Speed” talks of the latest popularity trend to tackle long distances. Simply finishing a marathon has become more of an accomplishment than a speedy 5K. I can do neither but that’s not the point here! I consider myself distance-oriented and always feel the need to reserve energy. I enjoy long rides, 100km is my favourite. Shorter rides are just short – I return home too early, what do I do with my time? But I need to stop focusing on just logging the miles. Quoting from the article, “To run faster, you can’t just keep doing long-slow jogs … at some point, you have to do faster, speed oriented work to raise your anaerobic threshold”. Unfortunately, to say I’ll shorten my rides from now on will be a terrible horrible lie once the weather warms up. I might as well prepare for failure right now. Now what? I’m thinking of simply integrating short distance speed work into long rides by incorporating bursts of quick cadence. Sounds simple but to be honest, I don’t do that enough.
What do you prefer: Distance or Speed?