I'm feeling guilty because I decided not to race one of the few road races left in our state tomorrow. I hummed and hawed about it all week but decided not to go due to cost, childcare issues, general laziness and distance (2 hour drive each way).
I haven't had an easy weekend for a while and I need to recover a bit and think about some races later this Spring/Fall.
Still, I do feel bad that there are so few road races and they need support. Next year I will plan out my season a lot better instead of trying All the races and wondering why I never feel fresh or prepared.
1:30 soft pedaling, haven't been on the bike in about a week. Feels good.
today must have been the hottest day of the year thus far, and i accidentally planned things so that i started doing one of my hardest workouts thus far at noon time. By the time i was done with the first part, i was pretty cooked by the heat, except i was to ride Z2 for another hour or so.
after i got home i had to cool off with an ice pack on my head and then took a nap. Felt better now, but it sure got unpleasant for a while
Last edited by echappist; 04-11-14 at 07:32 PM.
2hrs... Had intended on 1x10min steady state and 3x3min power intervals. Did the steady state, but the legs had no jump the 3min intervals so I just shut it down and finished up with some endurance to get home.
I find Friday's are never a good training day and I usually reserve them for recovery, but since I took Thursday off I thought I'd try to mix it up... Nope...
"On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx
neither. i'll see you at Page County
Last edited by gsteinb; 04-12-14 at 11:28 AM.
A little redemption today, put down decent power, had to lower the target a bit but was able to at least hit the last interval very strong.
Deciding about this LA circuit race tomorrow morning. I'll probably ride there, race and then ride home. Or maybe not...I'll see what I'm feeling like in the AM.
-Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/
Went out for the big group ride this morning, snapped a shifter cable a few minutes in.. good thing it didn't happen tomorrow during one of my crits!
It was 2 years old, never maintained.. not really surprising.
I did a group ride today, used to do this one all the time but haven't been doing it much lately. Pace was chill and there was really only one "team" out on the ride, one member of that team was hella bossy and pretty much told everyone in the A group how to ride. Usually I don't like to be told what to do, but I was just out for an easyish ride today so nbd.
It was warm today too! I think the 90s and 100s are here to stay!
I took the opportunity to throw coachman's calendar out the window this week. Group of 16 fellow canucks from Quebec rolled into the area that I met last year and rode once with. I NEVER get to ride in a group so planning to take some vacation days this week to ride with them. Today we had a group of 11, did a nicely paced 63 miles with 4600ft of climbing. Gads I forgot what a difference group riding can make, felt pretty terrif. Invigorated me for training towards Page County.
madison workout tmrrw morning, then rest week next week! I may ride for 30min on the road before and after track practice, just too loosen my legs up a little.
"Your beauty is an aeroplane;
so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste
2:30 hours of riding with some intervals mixed in. After a month of minor injuries and depleted efforts due to overtraining today was a big test to see if I was going forward or back. Set a new 1m wattage PR which felt pretty good.
33% Increase over my 2013 1m power. Its still a mediocre number, but its starting to look like something that can be effective in a race. Once my left ankle stops dropping when it gets a lot of torque that number should go up.
Riding with a former (like 20+ years ago) pro today at about 20 mph chatting away and we got passed by two guys. I didn't care, but I could see that he didn't like it.
After they passed us they slowed down a little. I have seen this movie before. Again, NBD. I was ready to let them go and enjoy their "victory". Jeez. I was hoping that they would ride a bit faster because we were on their wheels without trying and that sux.
But my riding partner was itchy and when the occasion occurred to pass he was leading the charge and led me out. Then I "droped the hamer" to get a huge gap with my riding partner in my wake and kept it going for a couple of miles.
It was not part of my training plan for the day, but it was good to know that the "hamer" is still in the tool box.
I'm the world's forgotten boy. The one who's searchin', searchin' to destroy.
An hour and a half recovery ride yesterday.
An hour and a half pretty easy today, first ride ever with HR.
Started out with a few minutes each at 120, 160, 200, 240, and 280 just to try to get the hang of how HR corresponds to power. Got a sort of broken (due to short descent) VO2 max effort in, noted the HR lag. It should be fun for a while having another metric to get accustomed to. Maybe it'll be useful some day.
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My friend/former teammate is racing cat 4/5, also wearing a Columbia University kit. What's team/ what does your bike look like?
90' of SST. 109tss. Felt like work without being completely draining.
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
Yes on the skyline riding, if all goes well we'll ride a chunk of it on Tuesday or Thursday. Surprisingly I've been living here for 4 years and have yet to do any part of Skyline
I used to have both power and HR, but eventually dropped HR. It's interesting, but not all that useful I found.