Judging by the last few years, anywhere between 650-900 miles is my expectation for Q1 mileage. With a number of contributing factors including weather, illness and weekends away (of which there were 3), I didn't ride anywhere near as much as I would have liked, exiting the quarter with just 432 miles.
It can be frustrating when you're not riding, fitness seems to fade so quickly with the resulting weight also creeping back up. The prospect of getting back out there knowing you've got work to do is a sweet and sour moment in many respects, you're looking forward to being out again, yet you know that the first few rides will feel tough as you grind your way back.
Arriving into April with a determination to get things tuned back up, some 34 hours of riding led to 570 miles being covered, more than the entire number in Q1, so things crept back in the right direction.
Wind conditions have been blowy to say the least, with gusts of up to 45mph on some rides. One memorable Saturday early in April, I recall getting back, getting showered and getting straight into bed for a couple of hours. The combination of below par fitness and strong winds giving me a firm reminder of the journey ahead, everything to play for!
Q2 looks more promising with that start. Another bout of illness in May has seen a weekend wiped out, which is far from ideal. If you're coming back from illness, I have a previous post on the subject, with Ten tips to a safe and manageable recovery. I found myself re-reading it last week, you are welcome to view it here.
Quarter to Date
Mileage- 432miles/691km (-47% vs. PY)
Ride Time - 24hrs 04mins
Ascent - 10,702ft (-19% vs. PY)
Avg. Speed - 18.0mph (+9 vs. PY)
Avg. HR - 137pm
Ride Ascent Ratio (Ascent/Miles) - 22.2 (Flat) (-23% vs. PY)