So after nearly 3 weeks of rides that bordered on an absolute abomination I finally had a good one. What changed you ask? I don’t really know I can’t put my finger on it except one small detail…the time of day I rode. For the last three weeks I have tried to stave off frostbite by riding in the afternoon when the air temps reach a respectable Michigan autumn day level. Well, there is the fact I don’t want my nose and fingers to fall off and the fact that is the only time I could ride given my work schedule and the growing list of meetings and appointments with Veterans Affairs, General Motors etc still trying to wrangle in my dads “stuff”. Yesterday was different, I had the opportunity to enjoy mild temperatures and the fact I didn’t need to be anywhere first thing in the morning so I went back to my old routine of getting up at 5am and hitting the road by 5:15. I noticed it right away, those gears I have not used in 3 weeks, the fast pace, the steady heart rate…weird. Climbs came and went…. no issue. Even the demonic hell bound train of a sprint I have to do across a certain bridge just so I don’t become an overweight hood ornament on some “texting while driving” driver’s car…my legs never burned. Does it really make that big of a difference when I ride? I didn’t think so before, but now I am left un-convinced. What about you guys have you ever noticed a change in performance depending on when you rode? Tell a fat guy your thoughts.