I am near the end of my second week of the Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan. The Saturday rides are called Tech skills refined: Observe, visualize, ride, rest, refine, repeat and for a good portion of the ride you are supposed to ride a challenging portion of a mountain bike trail and practice riding smoothly. Then you ride in your heart rate level 2 for the rest of the ride.
Since we are currently in a pandemic so I am trying to practice smart riding. Which means I am not currently riding on dirt trails or minimizing it to only essential trails. So the optional version of this ride is to go for a longer road ride and then practice some skills like figure 8’s, track stands, and anything else you want to work on.
Today that equated to a 2 hour and 30 minute ride. 😎
Nice ride from RV park in Tubac south towards Rio Rico and surrounding area. Headwind going south so hitting L2 was pretty easy going out. Went further than I have gone down this road before. Crossed the valley at second Interstate exit and continued south on the road across the valley there. There is a path but it ends after no very long so just stayed on road going out and back. Coming back had tailwind and went too quickly even though I was still L2. Had to go past turnoff and then get some more headwind to get the time in. Listened to The Great Influenza and learning more about viruses and how the US in 1918 was in perfect shape for the pandemic. Many ties to today with Wilson and Trump. Propaganda for the war and censorship of any dissenting voices. We really do not learn. For the last 40 minutes of the ride my butt was pretty tired of being in the saddle. I had an apple and a banana and 2 bottles of water.