>> Saturday, March 04, 2017
Tuesday between classes, I got out for a hilly ride. I rode up Ohio Hill 3 times, and then rode up Ramsey Hill 3 times. This was my first true hill workout in nearly 2 years.
6 hill repeats (3 Ohio and 3 Ramsey), but STOPPING my watch accidentally
to start each of the 3, so this only shows 4 repeats (and 2 sudden jumps in
elevation as I restarted my Garmin at the top, noted with the exclamation points).
Speed and elevation combined. The big spike in speed in the middle
between the 2 sets of 3 is biking down the Smith Street High Bridge.
Dates: 5/2014, 5/2015, 2/2017
Ohio #1: 2:25, 2:14, 2:16
Ohio #2: 2:26, 2:19, 2:18
Ohio #3: 2:29, 2:19, 2:18
Average: 2:27, 2:17, 2:17
Ramsey #1: 1:37, 1:25, 1:21
Ramsey #2: 1:35, 1:28, 1:23
Ramsey #3: 1:35, (xxx), 1:21 (only did Ramsey 2x in 2015)
Average: 1:36, 1:27, 1:22
So the new bike was as fast as I was 2 years ago on Ohio, but then was a fair amount faster on the final 3 hills on Ramsey. AND THIS WAS A FEBRUARY RIDE! I need to keep this up to be in GREAT shape for duathlon and triathlon season!
Here's a photo of bro-in-law Matt warming up before riding this workout with me in 2014:
Trailing big sexy down Big River's Trail.
Here are some photos Matt got of me on my final hill climb:
That speck in front of that car is me - I'm about 2/3 up the hill.
Close up of the elevation of the 6 hill repeats. Some nasty climbs over 25 mins.
Close to 2,000 feet of climbing over 6 miles!
The bad news is that after my short run the next day (Wednesday), my knee started hurting again. I took Thursday off, swam a bit on Friday (which didn't seem to hurt it), and I may try hopping on the trainer for just an easy 20-30 min spin this afternoon before running tomorrow. Hopefully I just angered it a bit by stressing it on the hills, and after a few days of rest, it'll be good again. HOPEFULLY!