Riding with someone stronger than you is a great way to ride hard. Riding with Barry must make me fitter.
Today, I did a quick 90 minute route with several small, but steep hills with Barry. He is a much stronger rider than me – but when he relaxes, rests, recovers, chats, etc – I can just about keep up with him. When he decides to attack a hill ….. I meet him at the top.
So today, while Barry told me how he had gained weight over the Christmas holidays, I nodded and grunted and tried not to let him know I was approaching my Maximum heart rate at every climb.
Four rides (one indoors on a trainer) after day four of the New Year. My silly challenge yields its motivational power.