When I lived in the Beverly, MA area I used to lead the Wednesday night B rides from Beverly Cycles. I was not quite fast enough for the A rides so instead helped newer cyclists get more into road riding, as well as learn the roads in the area. When I moved away I was no longer able to get to Beverly mid-week and only rode with Bill on some Sunday mornings.
Last Wednesday I was able to get up there, and was actually fast enough to ride with the A’s. Granted it wasn’t a full A ride. One of the faster rides wasn’t there, and Bill was holding back a bit (especially later on) but it was still a quick ride. We ended up doing 30 miles at a 17mph average, including some slower bits while waiting for others, and a hill I just slogged up while two other guys sprinted it.
I felt pretty good, damn good, actually, till about 20 miles in when my lower back started acting up. It was on the right side, the same side I injured in December, but wasn’t a pull, persay, just some soreness. It went away quickly after the ride, but during it was definitely a distraction. I’m not sure if it’s due to the quicker pace, me being in the drops for way longer than I usually am or the fact that I stood climbing most of the hills (they were shorter and steeper climbs). Maybe a combination of all three? It was the same pain as I got during the Myles Standish Race, and around the same distance.
I’m racing at Wells this weekend, which is shorter and doesn’t have any hills, so I doubt it’ll act up again, but I will be paying attention and make sure I stretch a lot.
Here’s the ride from Wednesday: