Yesterday was one of my two hard day rides a week. I headed south on the back roads in San Martin, switched to the West side of the valley on East Middle Road, then went north for a bit. The hard part is that I try to keep my heart rate up in the “zone 2” range for most of the ride, then at the end, I throw in some sprints. If I do this right I’m pleasantly tired but not overly so afterwards. I got it right yesterday and felt great later in the day.
The last of the fog burning off on the foothill east of Morgan Hill
Approaching the Model Air Station on the Coyote Creek trail, with the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance