Lovely weather today for a 26.2-mile ride on Buttercup, my first workout after 8 complete days off. My training buddy Dave was nice enough to drive over to join me. I took it easy (my heart rate meter is broken, but I think I kept it under a 150 bpm effort) and just rode steadily (despite some serious winds) and we ended up with an average only 0.1 mph less than a week ago Sunday when I was riding harder but coughing my fool head off at the same time.
I've decided to skip the 10k race this weekend (too much stress on the lungs too soon) and instead just ride my bike over to the race site (about 20 miles by road out on the next peninsula south of here) and enjoy the pancake breakfast with my running friends after the race. Then I'll take the ferry home (7 mile return leg). That should be a nice little ride!
Our Biggest Loser challenge this week is to ride 25 or 50 miles. Yeah, I think I can do that without going too hard. (Oh yeah, I just attained the 25-mile level, didn't I?) Unfortunately I had to skip the 3500 calories of exercise challenge last week.