Tuesday I went for an extended experience to try to improve my cruising velocity on the recumbent. There’s an odd phenomenon on the recumbent that I look like “leg-limited”: my coronary heart price stays beneath my cardio tempo which is round 120 beats per minute, but when I attempt to go quicker it’s my legs that complain with a slight burning sensation. I assume this is because of working them out in a method they haven’t been accustomed to in recent times, since a recumbent makes use of the leg muscle tissues in a subtly totally different method than a traditional bike. If that’s the case, I’ve just below a month to get them accustomed earlier than my upcoming Century experience Oct. 2nd.
I did my Coyote Creek out and again experience to Hellyer park. It felt nice on the way in which out, but it surely seems I had a fairly good tailwind which I struggled in opposition to on the way in which again. Common velocity was disappointing, 13.2 mph. I’m hoping to get it up nearer to fifteen.
In a second session I did some intervals nearer to dwelling. The route map for this one seems to be humorous as a result of I’m simply wandering native streets becoming the intervals in:
My cruising velocity doesn’t actually matter, worst case it is going to take me nearer to eight hours to complete a century. My predominant goal is a snug cruise on the recumbent and having fun with some Sacramento valley surroundings I’ve not seen earlier than. The trick is to make use of issues like bettering my cruising velocity to inspire me, with out letting it spoil the enjoyment.
Yesterday (Thursday) I went longer immediately, 67 miles complete. Common velocity was nonetheless 13 mph, but it surely was an gratifying experience. I lined loads of floor, South to the East aspect of Gilroy, then crossed over to the West aspect and proceeded right down to the attractive bike paths that lead previous the Uvas Creek protect to the Gilroy sports activities advanced. That was 4 hours 10 minutes earlier than lunch. After lunch I did one other bit over an hour to get my legs used to the concept they must get again to work after lunch on the day of the century.
I did consider one factor about my cruising velocity. I’ve a thornproof tube on my again tire, which may add loads of rolling resistance. I feel previously I decided this to subtract about 1 mph for a similar effort. My subsequent experience I’ll strive swapping out for an everyday tube and see if that helps.