July 17, 2017: steady and consistent zone 1-2

Easy, light morning pedal. Leave the house to ride to the swim meet. Cool cloudy, make it to the river path and just gently move down the trail. Just spend the time looking around and saying hello.

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July 16, 2017: Zone 2 endurance pedal

Yesterday was a hard day, had to adjust ride plan a little, legs empty, motor not running on a full tank. Hydration levels impacted from yesterday, soft pedals needed to flush the legs.

Ride with Eric, lots of chatting, never push the pace, spin the legs. Flush. Head to A mountain, never ridden this, keep spinning, open the gap, not pushing, but spinning, ever upward. Feel the lead come out of the legs, pedal a little harder, keep the heart rate low. Dude in Italian kit and no helmet spins past me. Nope, time to spin the legs with a bit more pressure, ignore the heart rate. Pip him at the top. Roll down to the juncture and head back up to catch Eric on his time up… feeling nice, amazing views.

Roll gently back home, talking, pedaling and slowly open a gap again… oops, soft pedal more.

July 15, 2017: Tempo on the trails, ok more of an adventure then expected

Leaving the house at 4:30 was prepped for a long day in the saddle. Extra bottles strapped to the back, lights on and loaded up with snacks. Heading out on the road, warming up, light pedals into the sunrise. Stopping at the start of the rolling dirt road and now the efforts begin. Climbing trying to keep the heart rate in the zone, driving, hurting to keep the effort going. Trying not to think about the day ahead, push it.

Coming to the top of the first real rise of the day and entering the rollers, pull back the effort and catch ones breath, try to let the heart drop down as the miles slowly pass. Riding past the burnt remains of the Frye fire, one side of the road starting to already show green from the recent rains and the other side a black wasteland from the back burns and the fire.

Drink, eat, pedal, look around, time to hit the pressure again second effort for 20 min of tempo, heart rate up, keep driving down the hills, pace the early parts of the gradients, it’s pace keep eating, drink. Heat starting to come up, sun is rising higher.

Tempo done, now just pedal, on and on and on. Past Reddington pass. Flat roads again couple of muck crossings. The fire and the rain have combined to fill the low points of the washes with nothing but black deep silt and muck. Rolling on the road and spend some time trying to explain to a mom in a low slung beater heading down the start of the dirt road toward the pass. “But the phone shows that this is the way to Tucson.” Well yea but not in that car and not the way the roads look today. Finally her kids and I convince her to head back to the pavement and the long way around. Although if she had kept going it would of been an infinitely long trip…

Roll along the pavement for a few miles then turn off the pavement and back to the dirt/ gravel road up the hill head back toward the mountain. Water starting to look a little short, temperatures rising above 105, sweat, suffering, reflections… Time to ponder the next step, left turn up the mountain, more climbing, sun on the back, enough water, these are the questions. Or do I go right and head back down to Pepersauce, Oracle and the odds of seeing more people starts to go up. Phone has signal, one bar… make the call. Time to pull the plug, not enough water to get to the top safely if something goes wrong. Right turn mostly down, more people, that is smart. Gets hotter going down, drink the last of the water, pedal on, pedal on. Take a quick break, jeep rolls by, offer of water. Gratefully take it, drink deep. Pedal on, up and down, up and down. Last climb, then just down and roll. Hey there is Eric. Ahhh smart move.

July 13, 2017: short sharp intervals in the amphibian graveyard

Today was 2×5 max effort intervals. So off to the base of reddington pass for some short sharp efforts. OUCH. lots of dead frogs on the road was a distraction but not all that welcome 😉 legs were burning but not sure if this hill is perfect for me and this set of intervals, to steep at the start seem to make the legs get blasted to early. Have to look at the actual numbers…

July 12, 2017: recovery miles

Seems that there is a bit of a pattern developing in the old training plan. Burn the legs… spin them the next day… burn the legs… you see the pattern. Today was looking at the various fire closures of roads and they are starting to open. Reddington Pass road seems to be open and it is sounding like Mt Lemon will be open soon.

Tomorrow is a hard sharp effort day, I think I found the place for the 2 min efforts.

July 11, 2017: over unders in the rain…

Today was a longish day for a mid-week training ride, 3 hours. The goal for this ride was to go out and warm up and then do a set of 3 20 min time trial type efforts. The best part of this ride was the weather, sprinkles and cool mist are a nice respite from the recent days just suffering in the heat. Felt good but not the power I would of liked to of held. Fatigue or just unrealistic expectations?IMG 0092