07152019 – Bike

Today was a max distance effort on the bike. After warming up it would be 3 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy for 60 minutes (so 10 rounds). The Vivoactive again handled this perfectly. I swapped out the battery in my sensor, hoping that would fix the computer, but no luck. Ugh. I need to look at it some more.

I headed towards Fort Snelling and crossed the Fort Snelling bridge. Fortunately, one of the 3 minutes rest ended just as I finished climbing the stairs from the bridge. Then back up the River Road all the way to Dinkytown bridge and back down the River Road. I only had to sit through one stop light and it was also a rest period, so no pausing the interval timers! The hill climbs were a mix of recovery and hard efforts. Just as I was starting an interval someone passed me ( I was on the road the whole time) and I tried to catch them but I never could. I was starting to gain and then we hit a smaller hill and I couldn’t sustain the effort any longer. Of course after my recovery he was gone.

St. Paul really needs to repave the road! So many potholes I kept worrying that I was going to hit one hard and wrong and either flip or bust my tire. I tried missing them, but wow some were hard to miss. They’ve repaved some of the trail, so hopefully that will be the next step. One of my intervals was down the big hill on campus from Franklin by the hospital! That was a nice easy hard interval! I also got some of the hard interval down to the Bohemian Flats!! But that also meant I had a hard interval while climbing back up to Franklin and that was a challenge for sure!

I was grateful for the rest interval, though it was still going uphill and I was on the road, so I couldn’t completely spin it out. I was taking the whole lane through some of the narrower sections and just as we were cresting the last little hill, some old guy in a PT Cruiser pulls up beside me and says that there is a bike lane right there. I told him that I was aware of that, but I was going too fast to ride on it. He said, well you aren’t right now. I thanked him for his support of my riding! And off he went. In case you were wondering, there is no law or rule that says you have to use the bike trails and the bike trails do have a 10mph speed limit on them. I can’t say for sure exactly how fast I was going and I should have asked him, but my slowest speed in that section was just around 9 mph. And there is no easy way to move back and forth between the two. The guy at least was polite about it!

My splits were all around .8 miles for 3 minutes. A total of about 15 miles during the 60 minute interval session.

The total ride was 18.4 in 1:15.

No swim lessons on Monday, so no lap swimming for me!

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