This week I have been out for a spring clean run on the bike. It has been warm enough to change down from winter kit to a spring kit of thermal jersey, gilet, shorts and knee warmers. Without the winter tights I felt really lighter and more flexible and all of a sudden had a lot more whizz than I have felt in months. However out on my usual 45km training route I was block off so many times, by traffic, by two sets of temporary traffic lights and pipes being laid, lollypop ladies and a manure truck.
It felt incredibly frustrating to have lots of juice in the legs by to be balked not just by traffic lights but lots of extra obstacles. Every time scrubbing off 25/30 even 40kph of speed down to 0. All this reminded me of a recent blog I read here on road.cc that argued that it is important to remember to train when out on a ride:
The blog was a few weeks ago and I didn't have anything to say at that time, but now I am thinking that it is impossible not to train. When you are out on open road the constant disturbances means that you are always having to put in bursts of effort to reaccelerate back up to constant speed. It is like doing sprint intervals. I would love to ride on straight flat country roads with no traffic and no cars, but it takes me 20 minutes to get anywhere near the countryside and even there going nonstop is impossible. So I think just riding can be enough to train, set a target average speed and if you make it you probably had to work harder than that to maintain it.