Did not feel like getting up this morning. Yesterdays ride left me tired and even though I recuperate fast I still felt the toll of this heavy week. So I stayed in bed till 10.30.
Having gotten up at last I decided to take out the Litespeed once again and do the Overijse '3 valley route' in the reverse direction. This route is some 34K and 490 heightmeters with some nasty uphills and descents. It is very well frequented since I crossed more than 20 bikers today. Doing the route against the flow of course gives you a nice opportunity to guage the amount of bikers on it, and Overijse is very popular. Of course it lying very close to Brussels and offering some very nice challenges and beautiful landscapes to boot, makes it a hit with the Brussels crowd.
Not too many difficulties for me, I can ride this route at 60% without any trouble, the one or two really steep uphills I took purely on routine. The wind was blowing fiercely again which did not bother me too much since the route zigzags all the time, never having the wind from one direction for too long.
This has been a very tough week bikewise . I totalled 357K and 3645 heightmeters , most of them offroad. There were some days I thought I had pushed the envelope too hard, went too deep, but the human body is an amazing thing. Yes, I am tired and I need to take it slowly the next couple of days, in order to be well rested when next saturday comes along, with the 140K Tour de Flandres.
I have been lucky so far to not have any major pains , illness or injuries. The only thing that keeps bothering me is the saddle soreness. I cannot remember the last time I rode without any form of saddle soreness and that is alerting.
Ideally I should stay off of my bike for a few days , better still a week to let "things" heal. But not biking is something I normally only do when injuried or ill.
Ride Stats : 54K and 605 heightmeters in 2h49mins