This is more of a question than a post. And I'd really appreciate some comments if you happen to have had a similar experience, or, if you haven't. Saying that you haven't gives me just as much information.
Today I went out on a 2 hour ride with TH. I warmed up for 30 minutes or so, and then we joined up and rode side by side, mainly, for 40 minutes or so, and then stopped for coffee.
Now we weren't going that quick, less than 30km/hr to be sure, at a conversational pace, pondering everything from carbon spokes to where to buy a good suit. And, lest they think we are avoiding them by going on these rides, made several comments on how great they are. Mine being particularly adept at making chocolate truffles.
So, the issue was, that, although we weren't pushing it, my legs definitely felt like we were, and they had that achy, burning sensation that comes after hammering for a while. On top of that, my hamstrings, close to my rear end, were sore, as they often are early into a ride. My heart rate stayed fairly low.
On the way back, things were a bit better, but the legs were still sore, although, I did manage to push the pace a few times in order to catch and drop a couple of guys riding bikes much nicer than mine. A fine feeling.
I have been riding a bit less this week than last, by a couple of hours at least. I'm not really sure what to make of it.
Perhaps I stayed up far to late last night, at least 2 hours past my bedtime, and drank too much wine.
Is this a simple case of fatigue? Or is it accumulated miles building up and telling me I'm a wimp?