Sunday proved to be a very reasonable day for road biking, cool temps but plenty of sun to help us forget about cold fingers and toes. A group from Northern Colorado Grassroots Racing (NCGR; myself, Brad, Mike, and Bryan) and one guest (Kia) rolled from the shop at about 1230 heading west towards Horsetooth Reservoir and eventually Eden Valley not far from Masonville. The valley is a local favorite, few cars, excellent surfaces, and plenty of beautiful front range vistas. The ride was extended (strava) due to a bridge that remains closed since the floods last year. We backtracked to the Eden Valley turn off, headed south and then eventually back north towards Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Glade Road. This whole area is an exceptional place to ride. Seemed unanimous, every rider was feeling good and happy that they decided to show up for the group ride! This is the second week in a row that NCGR organized a ride. Last week's ride was cut-short due to severe winds. At one point last week, while descending into Masonville, I had to tilt my head to the left to avoid catching a tumbleweed in the face! Usually they roll, last Sunday they were flying!
Quick Training Update: Since 1 February, I've completed all of my scheduled training, over 50 hours ... about 15 hours per week. Most of this has been in the form of low intensity base miles on the bike, often on the trainer. I've not taken a day off since 3 February, I feel strong but definitely feeling some fatigue from so many days without a break. My plan is to take 1-2 days at the beginning of March to rest ... then return to 15 hour weeks until the end of the month.