I've also run on that road many times in the Greylock races. It would never have occurred to me try to ride that road without a mountain bike (4.5 miles!) I may have to revise my view that there's no such thing as stupid training.
To call it training would imply that it is preparation for future activities.
Ugh, I wouldn't have ridden on that road, it's bad enough running. Nice adventure though :)
And always happy to provide stupid inspiration!
This is more like it. Ian will be proud.
With the hindsight of three days to think about it, I have concluded that it -- Old Adams Road -- was awesome training. Certainly not stupid. Life has far too much of the ordinary and routine.
Doesn't mean I'm planning on doing it again....
Charlie wrote: To call it training would imply that it is preparation for future activities
Indeed. Your cycling log entries have really changed. Not long ago, most of the entries were about going as slow as you could, not pushing yourself, all enjoyment and no suffering. Now, you're pushing yourself like you used to running in preparation for an ultra (well, except for the limitations of age). It makes me wonder what you have planned? Or maybe you don't even know yet yourself.
For those who didn't know Peter 20 or 30 years ago, here's
a page in his log I stumbled across that describes what real training looks like, in this case, the month before running Wasatch.
Hey, great link! :-)
What I've got planned? Well, two things. I hope to get out for a ride today. And when we go to Austin next month for a few days I hope to ride some, already reserved a nice bike. Beyond that, nope, just enjoying it. And the way my psyche seems to work, enjoying it these days does mean taking it slower/easier a lot of the time, but not all the time. The old stand-bys, the desire/need to test myself from time to time and the fun/adventure of going different places in different ways, those still exist. As to what pops up each day or each week, who knows?
When I rode much in the past, meaning when I was injured in some way that made riding temporarily a way to get exercise, I used to have 5 or 10 standard loops and the standard practice was to just go ride one of them as hard as I could. I knew what time I should take. Would finish pretty beat. Interesting that this year I have avoided those routes almost completely. Perhaps just because the times would be depressing?
Yesterday's ride was actually really fun. I started doing the little Claybrook loop partly to experiment with riding while standing, and partly not to get very far from home in case a storm popped up. Did three times up the hill, that was OK, but the thought of any more didn't seem like fun at all.
What did seem like fun was heading north on 47 south of town with a strong tailwind. And I've got a route to get there that's got a lot of shelter from the wind. And no traffic. Did that, modest effort except for the last quarter mile or so out in the open and getting blasted.
And then the ride north, really fun!
I for one won't be surprised when I see on your log out of nowhere that you did some grueling, mountainous endurance ride somewhere. And you call it "fun" :-)
Nice to read those old ultra reports. Must have missed them the first time around. Still would like to attempt the 100 distance again someday, but not sure it will happen..