Yesterday was a hard day, had to adjust ride plan a little, legs empty, motor not running on a full tank. Hydration levels impacted from yesterday, soft pedals needed to flush the legs.
Ride with Eric, lots of chatting, never push the pace, spin the legs. Flush. Head to A mountain, never ridden this, keep spinning, open the gap, not pushing, but spinning, ever upward. Feel the lead come out of the legs, pedal a little harder, keep the heart rate low. Dude in Italian kit and no helmet spins past me. Nope, time to spin the legs with a bit more pressure, ignore the heart rate. Pip him at the top. Roll down to the juncture and head back up to catch Eric on his time up… feeling nice, amazing views.
Roll gently back home, talking, pedaling and slowly open a gap again… oops, soft pedal more.