Looking back at this is odd to say the least.
Caught MRSA in Sep ’15, hospitalized ’til Jan ’16 due to blood poisoning, pneumonia, and the MRSA spreading to my left lung and valves in my heart. Thank Jesus I incurred no irreparable heart damage despite losing 15% of left lung. Ended PICC line of vancomycin in Feb ’16 (super precautions due to heart and diabetes). Rode less than 50 miles in 2016 due to lack of endurance/fitness, and the lack of motivation that comes with it.
We’re at one year later and I’m not sure how to start back. A ten mile casual ride will result in me napping afterward. Not concerned about the 10lb weight gained, that will pass. My concern is finding that muse – the thing that made me strive for the road to pass below me mile after mile.
Un année sans; une désir, égaré.
RKP – thanks for the tag/callback.
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Do you have a local hill/mountain/flat section of pavè that is a favorite place to test your current fitness or handling skills? I always imagine the time before power meters and real science being put into application to measure a cyclist’s fitness that one would use a benchmark ride and perceived effort as a quasi-empirical way to determine skills and fitness.
In theory this is a very sound way to determine your fitness level throughout the year (disregarding things difficult to measure): (more…)
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