I've ridden close to 30000 km ( 8000 mi) over the last 27 years. If your fitness level is adequate, cycling is easy and the distance rolls off easily.
|Note the blinding speed|
I found riding hard this summer. I was forcing things. I would ride up a steep slope and had to press so hard that my calves burned when I got to the top. On the level I usually do 20 km/h. This summer I could hardly do 15 km/h on the level and I was really struggling. Riding against the wind was almost impossible. I worried. Was I that far out of shape? Had age taken it's toll? Did I have some kind of physical problem? I worked hard and hoped my fitness level would come up. I still had to push it and riding was not fun. It crossed my mind that serious cycling was over for me.
|A steep part of the trail that just killed me this summer|
I oiled and cleaned my chain several times. There was a slight improvement. I changed the seat.
|Cleaning the chain again|
So a few weeks ago I did another maintenance chore. I thought I better check the tire pressure. To my horror I found out the tire pressure was 12 lbs!
I pumped the tires to the proper pressure and tried the bike. Wow! I had lots of jump! I was back to the regular form. Cycling was very easy once again.
|Back to the blinding speed|
So all the worry and doubt was brought on by my own negligence in checking tire pressure. I'll remember this lesson for a while.