Post-RTYD IV: The Road Ahead

My biking in the last month since the completion of RTYD IV has been dismally low. In total, I have only biked 250.5 miles since I completed a week of nearly 800 miles. To put that in more perspective, bad weeks of biking during the summer training would be weeks I only logged 200 miles. I’ve done that distance in a month.

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RTYD IV: Day 5 Recap and the Epic Conclusion

The final day. Well, it started out exactly as planned by having no alarm go off. Using a different phone than normal, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that the alarm was for weekdays only and thus didn’t go off on a Saturday. Perhaps this undesired outcome was fortuitous in that it allowed me to get more sleep than the average five hours I had been pulling each night.

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RTYD IV: Day 4 Recap and the Inherently Flawed Notion of Fate

Today’s ride really explains why it’s called endurance. I find myself pedaling around without any real skill, just needing to endure the whole experience. My body is sore, my legs are relatively unresponsive, my hands are numb, and my back is cramping. I just have to keep pedaling and not pay attention to my speed or my pace or the time it’s taking to complete the trip. I would rather just focus on getting the next few strokes in.

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RTYD IV: Day 2 Recap and Buying Maxi Pads

Today did not go according to plan at all. My expansive training involving many back-to-back rides was supposed to have me geared up for this particular scenario with Days 1 and 2. It was Day 3 that I was worried about, as that is “uncharted territory.” However, a bad stomach ache at the beginning of the day that persisted for almost half the ride followed by an extremely muggy midday left me without any power and zero rhythm. Add then the other bodily ailments of a sore neck and back, extreme chafing from planking, and numb, tingling hands and the day was not a very good day. Now I have to hope that I can find enough reserves to get me through the next three days.

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