I need to start riding outside now, not towards the end of March when I typically poke my head out of the cave. I also need to start working on my power: my (in)ability to use force and speed, basically my gear size divided by cadence. Hill intervals would be an excellent way to help me improve this area. The problem is, until we move the clocks forward in Spring, I can’t get home and ready to ride before dark.
I was thinking about this on the way to work this morning and it dawned on me that my office is perched on top of one of the highest points in Southern Michigan. Granted, Southern Michigan is pretty flat, but leading up to my office is a climb just under 2 miles long. It starts off gradual but turns up at an 8 degree grade for the last 100 yards. I spend five nights a week with my daughters but I have Monday and Thursday evenings to myself. I can change in my office, do hill intervals for an hour, and shower at my work before going home. How did I not think of this before? It is like a lost hiker that dies of starvation and his body is discovered in the middle of a potato field. There are solutions to all my problems, I just need to open my eyes.