I've been feeling quite drained the last week. With the nicer weather I've been making myself get out and bike as much as possible. The extra exertion from this riding has put a serious dent in my skating performance as well as my cycling speeds and heart rate—my body is tired. And I believe I have figured out why.
I log all my bike rides, skating sessions, and hikes. This total this data by day and month. But I wondered how much I was doing over a week and added to my spreadsheet columns for that information. The columns are sums of the past 7 days of hours spent exercising, miles traveled, and calories burned. I had numbers, but I wondered how they compared to other week. So I did a maximum on the columns. What I found was that I now held records.
This is a strange graph because it is showing a plot of the sum of the last 7 days of data for the number of hours spent cycling/skating/hiking. I only have records of time starting in August of 2015, but by this time I was spending a fair bit of time cycling and skating. This slowed some during the winter where times were mostly skating. But start at the end of March I began an upward trend that blew past my old times. Note that this is a graph of the 7-day totals, not the total time. So you cannot sum the data under the graph to get total time. However, this graph clearly shows the spike in the last couple weeks caused by my increased cycling.
My previous best weeks were back in October where there was a good stretch of time where I did not drop below 12 hours of cycling in a week. My current high is yesterday, April 22, at 16 hours of biking and skating over 7 days. It also has the record for miles over 7 days at 141.7 and calories burned at 10,742 Calories.
None of my rides lately have been impressive in terms of speed or heart rate, but my endurance has definitely improved. While my body is rather reluctant in the morning, and I have to push myself to get on my bike, once I'm on it I don't feel drained. On long rides my back gets a sore, but that has always been the case and has a lot to do with posture. Although I can't get my speeds up, I can still dig in when I need to climb a hill and my legs don't feel exhausted at the end of the ride. Tired, but not exhausted.