Three rides this week that I haven't posted.
On wednesday I went out and managed to catch some teammates doing laps on a local hill. They actually have a race that follows the same route though it's not something I've got any plans to do. I was surprised by how short the loop is and by the hill not being particularly steep. Kind of interesting to do a bunch of laps of it but I won't go so far as to say I loved it. Mostly just felt like the kind of training you do because you need to rather than an enjoyable ride that is also training. It was nice getting out with the team though. At the end of this ride I hadn't done much mileage so I went back to try and get the KOM I talked about from the other day. Once I had to restart because a car turned in front of me and I had to stop. The second run I absolutely demolished it but it turns out you've got to get through the light at the end to trigger the end of the segment. I'll have to try again. https://www.strava.com/activities/290801631
Second ride was supposed to be a rollers ride on friday night. A buddy/teammate called and wanted to hit the bar though so I obliged. Had two whiskeys and didn't get home till 2am so no rollers that night. Next day as soon as my wife got home I went out and made amends for the missed rollers ride with two laps of the hill behind my house. I thought on the first run it was going to be faster than my best time but I actually missed it by 8 seconds. Second lap was unremarkable and by the end it was getting dark and starting to rain so I headed home. https://www.strava.com/activities/292586043
Then today I had a scheduled meeting with a guy who rides fixies, although he has a geared road bike also, and had suggested a ride with a bit of gravel. I was nervous about that as I ride 23mm wheels and I've not had good luck on gravel roads. It turns out though that it's a fire road that I've actually hiked quite a bit with my family and it's not really gravel. More like old pavement with a bit of small gravel and a bit of dirt. If I had been asked ahead of time if I could do it I would have said no but it was actually no problem and it was an absolutely amazing ride! Totally gorgeous, no traffic (closed road), and fantastic climbing. I'll definitely do it again and I can't wait to show it to other people. Alas, we were doing our work and I did not take any pictures but I assure you it's a beautiful place to ride. He was great to ride with although riding behind him on the descents made me a bit nervous. He knows how to handle it though. An impressive thing to watch!https://www.strava.com/activities/293138402
After the climbing on Saturday then today my knee is a bit sore but not too bad. Also, anyone have any suggestions for toes going numb? It's kind of always happened to me but it's getting a bit annoying. I've had two fittings, two different shoes, different types of pedals, different saddles, and even done some experimenting with moving the cleats as far towards the center of my foot as possible. Nothing seems to make any difference. If there was something I could do to get the blood flowing when it starts to happen that would likely be best because it doesn't take long to get feeling back.