I guess you could call it thirteen days now, as I am just about to jump on the trainer again right now . . . So I started riding my bike again thirteen days ago. It was super cold and I was super motivated so I decided I wouldn't going to ride outside until February. I don't really know why that seemed like a good idea but it hasn't been above freezing yet this January so I haven't had to fight the urge to crush it outside too much. I wanted a nice solid pedal stroke and have some muscle imbalance kinks worked out before I start laying down the fitness foundation. It is a slightly different approach than last year when I attempted to work on my pedaling cadence/stroke/force while starting to put in base miles. Gran-it, I wasn't putting in anything considered large amounts of riding in January but at least now I feel it is smart to venture outside, plus there is a slightly better chance of going above freezing. And it isn't like I will get outside everyday, so there will probably be at least one day a week where I am pounding out cadence ladders and single leg drills and one where I am crushing my core workout.
I also revisited that nerdy strava site and have decided to start "making history" again by plugging in rides from my garmin. So far they have all been probably really boring since I haven't ridden outside yet this year (barring a race on NewYear's) and my heart rate rarely creeps past the 150bpm level. But don't get the wrong idea, strava isn't about seeing if Robert Rode His Stationary Trainer for an hour today; it is more about trying to beat your punk friends on local climbs. It is pretty neat in the sense you can see exactly where you need to try on your rides to look awesome and get some serious street cred. I want to ride outside now. Is it February yet?