It’s been a couple weeks of rain and cold weather here in Maine lately. To the extent that between my trip to Florida and the weather I haven’t been on the bike much. I really noticed a loss of fitness as well, which really stinks this late in the season.
So I’m working dilligently to recoup some of that lost fitness. I went for a solo ride Saturday and a short coffee ride with a small group Sunday. Monday night, it rained again so I backed out of the ride. Showers caused me to cancel the Women’s Ride. Today the sun was out – AND ALL DAY! So I rode to work, then rode to join some friends for a ride tonight. We had a good pace and even though I feel wiped out now, I know it was what I needed.
There seemed to be so many cyclists on this route tonight. It’s a popular cycling route anyway, but given the lack of decent riding weather, everyone seemed out to take advantage of a beautiful day.
The loss of fitness is very bothersome. I’ve taken a week, sometimes more off the bike and haven’t really notice any negative effects before. This time I did.
Do you ever take time off the bike, for weather or other issues? If so, how much time can you safely afford to take off without losing fitness?