Alas, I sit at my computer awaiting the posting of results for the recently expired semester. Clicking refresh several times an hour until the fateful letters appear. They’re due on July 1st but I need to know now. I need plenty of notice in case I need to start studying again for the make-up exams. Have I told you lately how much I hate biology?
In the mean time I’m trying to regroup on the bike riding front. With exams, a sinus infection, 10 days of driving rain and an overly lazy temperament, I’ve managed to rack up nothing short of a pathetic mileage for the past 2 weeks or so.
But the sun rose on Monday and it was all behind me, so I jumped on my fire-engine red machine and tore up the road for a modest, yet effective 35km (21mi).
Tuesday, I again put in some effort and came home after 94km (58mi) averaging 31.9kph (19.8mph).
Yesterday I was feeling a little sore so I decided to ride the same long ride but with much less intensity. When I pulled into the service station at the halfway point of the ride I was a full 4 minutes faster than the day before. The return run was also 1 minute faster than the previous day putting me a full 5 minutes faster than yesterday and also the fastest ever for that course by over 4 minutes. Some rest day.
Then, when the sun set, I took my blue bike to the velodrome for a burn around. So another 37km (23mi) in the cold winter night air. But everything was improving… That is only the third visit to the velodrome in the past 16 years. On my first 2 visits I only managed maximum speeds of 54.8 & 55.1kph (34mph). Last night I cruised to 59.5kph (37mph).
According to people who are supposed to know about this kind of stuff, you should train 3 weeks of high intensity (where you mostly get fatigued and see no improvement) followed by 1 week of light intensity and reduced durations (where you body recovers and improves). Apparently exams, sickness and inclement weather are my friend. And now I am in week 1 of the 3 weeks before next semester commences so high intensity it is.
Here I sit,
All broken hearted.
Paid my penny,
And only farted. – unknown