The Fall is my most difficult season of the year – physically. I start to get run down – maybe due to change of daylight exposure or colder temperatures – not certain. Ignoring the change of season and pushing through fatigue and soreness in the past used to result in illness or injury every year. About 5 years ago I began purposely cutting back when I started to feel different. It’s helped a lot.
This year I got through October pretty well. I put in several hard efforts on the bike on Sundays and a few during the week after work. I’ve increased power based on the numbers I’m recording, and haven’t lost much strength in the gym.
During last Sunday’s ride I was passed by a 15 rider peloton. Ordinarily I would have jumped in and rode at their pace. Instead, I focused on my own goals and stayed off the back. I also noticed as I started to climb a 1/2 mile hill I was starting to catch up as they were reaching the top. This is another positive sign my training is going well. I’m not a climber by any means but I was riding comfortably. My desire and motivation to train hard is still at a high level. My only limits right now are time and sufficient daylight.