Quicksilver, Bo, and I go for a ride
I've always thought that "Who do you love", the Quicksilver version, is in the top 10 best song beginnings. And the combination of the San Francisco crackling guitar and Bo Diddley is great:
I use a cobra snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside
Made from rattlesnake hide
The combination makes for some good hill climbing music. I cranked it up and hit one of the big hills I've been eyeballing. The three of us, Q, Bo and me, made it but had to pull out and ride down a flat side road about 2/3 of the way up to let my heart settle a little bit. I'd rather die on a bike than on the toilet but I'd rather beat the hill than die. Priorities.
Anyway, we won. I'll take off a day and then do a more flat run then go after another big hill. There are three or four of them in the area and I need to be able to do them all with some energy left over so I can go longer than 8 miles.
The huge gain is that my recovery was as fast as usual. If I keep riding I'll get a monitor again but I didn't need one to feel my heart rate come right back down with my breathing and level out once I topped the hill. Very encouraging.
Now, I'll follow that wonderful Nietzsche directive "What doesn't kill you makes you take a nap." Or something like that.