"Are you pedaling then briefly coasting frequently or is your power dropping to zero a problem with your power meter?"
Busted. I answered truthfully that I was pedaling then coasting as I watched the scenery go by. His response was:
"More pedaling and less coasting next time please :)"
This made me think about what I was actually doing and why. There is riding and there is training - they are not necessarily the same thing. I was riding when I should have been training. I did this ride on a 4 mile loop that I went around a bunch of times. Yes, I could have checked out the scenery during my warm up lap or in my cool down but when it was time to train I should have been riding with a purpose. I will claim the invention of the term "purposeful cycling."
This week's plan was posted and includes a similar workout, extended a little longer with the comment "try not to coast." I am sure my mindset will be dialed in to purposeful cycling mode. I'm sure that'll make him happy and soon will become the norm.
Just like it was before.