I have been really focusing on my riding power for the last few weeks. I do not own a power meter, so I have been focusing on my RPE and really paying attention to how certain effort levels feel. I have been very aware of how sore my quads are getting, and I am tuning into how long I can maintain that level of soreness.
This is a new approach to cycling for me. In the past, I have focused on not getting too sore, and saving my energy for the run. Now I want to increase my speed and my power on the bike, so I have changed things up.
A couple of weeks ago, I did a 30 mile loop out in the country. As you can see, this is a very hilly ride (as are all of them where I live.)
I ride this loop pretty regularly, but never really pay attention to my times. A couple of weeks ago, that changed. I noticed my times at certain landmarks, after certain climbs. I figured I would try to beat those times in the future.
3 days ago, I was scheduled to ride 30 miles again. I really pushed it and sure enough, I beat my times from the ride a couple of weeks ago! I was pretty happy with the results. (see below)
Yesterday, I was scheduled to ride 30 miles again. I told myself when I left that I was not going to push it that hard as my legs were still a bit sore. However, after my warm up, the legs felt great! I decided to see if I could beat my times from 2 days earlier. Take a look at the results below!