Yesterday, not a rainy day, I had an "ahh-hah!" moment, immediately followed by a "duhh, right, obviously!" moment. So today I have a question for you, readers.
I started out from a new place on a very familiar route. Immediately, the road went up a gentle hill that I have ridden very frequently, and that is an easy easy climb. But right away my legs were screaming at me, while my HR was low and my breathing easy. What's this, I think....ohhhhhh, bingo....no warmup. NO WARMUP! Duhhhh.
Looking back at a few of the many times when I have been quickly dropped on the first hill, I wonder: perhaps with an adequate warmup I would have felt a bit better on those hills right at the start. My questions relate to any event with a group start, whether randonnée, race, grand fondo, club ride ... or I suppose any timed ride.
How do you handle warmups before events, what is your routine?
How much time do you think can elapse between your warmup and the start of the ride?
Have you seen the effect and need for warmups change in your riding over time?
Any other tips?
Thanks, up front and in advance, to any of you who take the time and energy to respond!