Combo post. Yesterday was Galena+1 (3x20’ @ 95%) outdoor in Valencia, Spain. The sky was gray and when I rolled out, the forecast was 70% for rain. The first two 20-min efforts were executed well, the pace of the third was constantly interrupted. Power drops were largely due to a tight roundabouts or traffic slowing for a busy roundabout or passing through a small village. On the return, the rain started. It was a solid rain but not heavy, not a big deal but it did mean I took some of the roundabouts slower. The “hills” at the front and back of the ride are overpasses, take them out and 80% of the elevation gain is gone.
Entering Valencia from the south with rain means little traffic on a Saturday morning.
We flew home yesterday and today, Sunday, the weather is great. After rain and snow last week, we have a glorious day today. I wanted to get out and ride and not work; just be on the bike and on the trails. My procrastination to get out the door meant a “late” start of 9:45, which because I wasn’t trying to get somewhere or power anywhere, meant all the people out there was a kind of joy rather than distraction. As always, but substantially more so when I’m not out early, I need to watch for walkers, runners, dogs, and horses on the trails, especially on descents.
I was generally cruising on trails I don’t normally go on for one reason or another, so while some of the ride wasn’t new to me, it was still different.
In the distance is Zurich. To the left is a mountainbiker going up. I was about to continue going up because I heard an Alpenhorn (yeah, the stereotypical Swiss alps horn) but just as I was about to start rolling again, a rider came down that trail on a full suspension e-mtb. He asked me if I knew where I was going because, I guess, it gets technical with rocks and roots, very technical for a fully rigid bike. As I only came this way to find the Alpenhorn that he told me he say the guy packing up the horn was fine by me. I turned around to follow him on the trail, which behind me is far more technical than what you see here, and, well… with his full suspension, he kind of disappeared ahead of me.
It looks like last week’s winter is returning for an encore, so I will not be rotating the winter & summer kit just yet.