Topic 2: Intervals. I forgot how great it feels to be in shape. At work, I can leap up a couple flights of stairs and not even breath hard if I've been doing intervals and long rides. Yesterday, I decided to head up North and do long hill repeats up the steady grinder of hwy 36 (between 680 and 72nd street ). I start the interval of what I'd say was on the upper end of LT, and got to the top of the climb within 6 minutes or so. I was feeling pretty good, so I figured, "Hey, why not head out to Omaha Trace to make it a 10 minute interval instead of doing hill repeats." So I finish that interval going into the wind. It was pretty tough since I was going against 15mph of chilly norther air. The 2nd 10 minute interval was along the hilly/curvy section of Omaha Trace with more of that great headwind. Since I have no HRM or Power meter, I was using perceived exertion. The first interval was rather tough for my lungs whereas the 2nd was harder on my leg muscles. I got to the turnaround right before heading down the hill into Ft. Calhoun and did my last interval with a tailwind. Now that was fun. I had a hard time getting up into higher LT territory because I was running out of cogs. Flying at 30-ish mph on that road is a blast. Some of the hills bogged down my legs, but I still kept the speed up there with the aid of the wind. I had a nice spin home and felt good about putting in a solid workout.
The Trek Store is officially starting up the Wed. night ride again, so I will probably hit that tonight. I'll probably do what Jon Randell and I used as training in the early season and leave work at 3:30, put in some time, maybe a few hill climbs then meet up with the group for some more serious abuse. I'm gonna be one sore pup tomorrow, but it's going to feel great.