I had been inactive for 18 months until I jumped on my new Kickr bike back in mid-August. My weight had blossomed (nice way of putting it) to 232. My race weight is 190 and I was keeping my weight in the 200 range.
I decided to set a target of 210# by my birthday, which is today (66), with my reward being a ride out on the road. I weighed in yesterday at 209.6#. So I cleaned up the bike, did a safety check, lubed everything and then the hardest part, convincing my wife to let me go. I have had 4 accidents in the past decade, 2 very serious. She reluctantly let me go.
So I headed out just a few minutes after sunrise, the temp was a crisp 45 degrees F. In a word, awesome. A few climbs, a 16 mile trip around the reservoir, and I survived. But I learned a few things have changed after a prolonged time indoors.
- I was riding with a higher cadence, lower gearing.
- My standing was easier than before.
- My sustained speed on the flats was as fast as before, but felt easier.
- My climbs were slower. Hopefully improving my power to weight ratio will fix that.
- My arms hurt more than my legs. I clearly paid for not doing any upper body work. Lesson learned.
All in all, a fun time.