I read a blurb about training for an event and one aspect the article emphasized was tapering. Most of us know a lot about tapering but this article was a great reminder and essentially outlined a 10 day pre-event plan. So No Century today but I did keep my legs awake with 65 miles and 5700 ft of climbing----with some climbs at a pretty hard pace. Will probably do 2-3 more shorter rides over the next 7 days with some brief intervals thrown in.
I was pleased with how I was climbing today so I made sure I didn't overdo it. With the lighter bike and lower body weight I really noticed a nice pickup of power starting out. In fact I Time Trialed the first 5 mile climb. There was a group of about 6 guys that started 5-10 mins ahead of me which was perfect as it provided a great target to see if I could catch any of them.
Nothing else to really to be gained this late in the game. While my legs still felt the TT some from Wednesday night, the TT event was perfect timing for my training. I needed that higher HR workout. I guess that is why I scheduled the event for this past week!! I know I was a little dehydrated from the TT and also playing golf the next day (there was NO Drinking water on course) but I'll give hydration and electrolytes a lot of attention this week.
My most favorite thing about training? Caloric intake after longer rides washed down with green liquids with salt on the rim!!