I’ve discovered shorter more frequent rides build a stronger rider. Since lock-down shorter rides have filled my days. I find two, three or four rides preferable VS one long ride especially while unemployed, every errand evolves into a side trip. I did go for one long ride recently, it felt shorter. My rides are stronger on a more consistent basis and shorter rides fit in your day with ease.
Familiar and memorized terrain is cached in your RAM. When close to home I ride without the added weight of tools a tube or co2/pump even no water.
I’ll design a series of two to six mile loops with options along the way or repeat a loop with three screaming downhills. Find a tail-wind loop with a long downhill and ride it like a roller coaster, repeatedly till wind patterns change and move on. Swing by home to shed a layer or two, look at it like a pit-stop option. Pick up new friends along the way.
Once in a while I’m riding through time in the strangest of places in the right frame of mind I run into these guys near the finish line. Augmented-Reality on a bicycle. If I find boredom with some terrain these formula-one loops are great motivators. Repeating four each one faster? Try plotting out some loops in your neighborhood. All out the door, driving to ride is a waste of time, energy and money. Every mile in a car is a mile closer to a grave. So if times abundance is overwhelming you ride your bike, ride it everywhere anytime. Night riding especially nice lately with bars shutdown and sleeping pattern off course. Watch for critters at night.
One evening approaching a bunny thirty yards out my light made the bunny skittish. He bolted frantically back and forth across the trail then jumped from left to right hitting my right hand seeming too fly away in the tall grass. Holy Monty Python Batman.