Bah, a stressful day at work today, so I was pretty loaded when I arrived home. Legs were recuperated so I set out to do a quick dash around the Meerdael Bloso's. I did them in reverse direction with some extra loops here and there. I felt good and along the ride upped the pace and tried to keep the chain on the big ring during the climbs, training the muscles to endure the pain of the lactic acid onset . The trails were perfect, a bit hard at times but I managed to keep a good pace going, especially on the climbs.
I am thinking about going towards the Ardennes this weekend, hesitant to go either to Saint Gerard in the Province of Namur, or go all the way towards Olne for the Olne-Spa-Olne ride, a 45K technical and very hard ride with lots of climbing and hairy descents. There is also a 70K chrono race but I think my racing days are over. Maybe later in the season I might be tempted but I tend to focus more on enjoyment and admiring the landscapes during a ride instead of racing around like a chicken with no head, no time to look around, only focussing on the clock.
Perhaps Olne will be too much for a first ride after the winter so I could opt for Saint Gerard, which is a bit less technical but still offers a good amount of climbing and a distance of 60K which is more than enough in that region . The weather will decide, if it rains a lot saturday I might just opt to go to nearby Bertem where a 70K ride is offered.
First recuperate from this one, the legs are numb now and I need a long hot bath and a good meal to replenish all the burnt calories (1940Kcal according to my Polar) and get some life back in the old limbs and bones.
Ride Stats : 60K and 520 heightmeters in 2h50mins