OK, I have been riding my bike every day for the past 118 days. Sure the majority of the rides have been short, in the 1 to 2 mile range. I figured I haven't been doing much to help my cycling fitness by doing such short rides. To test myself, yesterday I decided to go all out on my one mile training loop just to see what I could do. My previous best was completing it in 3:46. Last week I had done it in 4:02 and that seemed like the best I could muster.
Well, I was flying last night. Looking at my results after the fact I hit 25.6 mph according to my Garmin before I had to make one turn. Overall, according to Strava, I completed the 1 mile loop in 3:37. That's a full 9 seconds faster than my previous best. My average speed was an astonishing 17.2 mph. Here's the Strava report:
It seems that even the little bit I've been doing every day has been helping to build a little bit of cycling muscle in my legs. Of course I was cooked after that short distance with my lungs burning as I tried to suck in oxygen, but it was a good effort. I was very happy!
Now to work on quickly increasing my distances so I will be ready for the extended climb for the ride on the 27th. Sure the climbs are only about 6 miles long, but they are a constant climb over that distance.
Get on your bikes and ride!