So after not going to the gym for a couple of weeks, I hit the weights again. Being who I am I didn’t really reset the weights to a lower mass, all in right? It was gratifying to see that the strength was mostly still there. The number of reps wasn’t really all that changed which felt good. By the end of the Maximum Overload workout the legs were feeling more fatigued then I was used to. The other thing I noticed was that the polymetric type of exercises that I have been trying to end on, box jumps, step ups and step overs were certainly lacking the snap of the past. That is ok, after all I have been sick and not on my legs like usual. Finished up on the treadmill just to run on really tired and peaked legs, ouch not sure how good an idea that was.
The next day it was time to dig deep and really try to destroy myself in spin class. I use spin class to get a random mix of interval types in one session. Usually there are sprints with load with short respites, I try to treat these like over/unders. Dig really deep on the short sprints and take just enough of the edge off in the in-betweens to make sure my recovery is incomplete. Then some steady state climbs. The instructor guidance is usually for steady effort for the whole set, but I usually try to break these into two parts, high cadence high power climbing for half and then really load on the load and grind. I am spent at the end but also started with a real feeling of muscle soreness (not pain, just deep usage kind of fatigue from yesterday).
Was already starting to tighten up that night and tried to roll it out.
Next day was taking T to riding and bringing my bike for some time on Freeman, a steady hill on the east side of town. Steady state/ tempo riding was in the plan. 15 min of steady climbing and then an easy spin down. 3 x and the tank was empty, 20 min or so of easy spinning to cool down and pump out the legs.
Rest day today… needed.
Well this weekend is my first TT of the season, I have pretty low expectations for this race since I’ve been sick and frankly kind of forgot to get my TT bike out on the road at all. Got out last night for a 1.5 hour tempo interval session just to see how it felt. Well bike felt great and the position should be fine for the 20k of the TT. Fitness is not there however… so I’ll be getting a low bar to start the season, well improvements may be easy to come by this season…
I have been sick and not training. Training is my release, it is the time when my mind clears, it keeps my inner self in a better balance. I am out of balance, I am not processing bad news well, I am internalizing and spiraling downward. Need to get out, need to ride, need to run, need to reset.
I struggle with not training, I know strange to some ears but not to those that know me. I like to train, it is a release, a time to not think about
stuff. It is my time. I sleep better, my mood is better, and trust me my family is happier then when I don’t have my grump on. However, this week I have been sick, after my ride on Saturday morning, I slept, on the couch, probably drooling. As the day went on I felt worse and worse, throat, congestion, aches. Now I knew, and Eric knew, it was coming on the ride. We cut the plan short (I think he was happy to oblige) and I ducked off home part way back to where we met, no need to
round out the miles that day.
Sunday I was a mess, barely able to keep the laundry rolling, skipped my usual Sunday long, slow ride. Recovery I hoped would bring a happy feel good Monday.
Monday was not very good either, racking cough, running (ok sprinting) nose, and oh my body felt like I had swum miles and miles. Skip the training plan for Monday, no Maximum Overload strength for me.
Tuesday wasn’t that much better, also made the mistake and took NyQuil rather then DayQuil which really takes the bar of low productivity and smashes it on the ground. Skip the spin class, no intervals and sweat pouring time emptying myself.
Wednesday, feeling better (not sounding much better). But the wind on the road is going to be brutal and here that means dust, and allergies on full alert. Best to take another day.
Sleep is getting harder.
So I have a friend, a really good friend, and he has started to train again. Train again with me. We are trying to ride together consistently, and it is challenging because of life schedules and that we are not near the same fitness level at the moment. However, training with him is good for my soul. We have been riding Mt. Lemmon and for now we ride like this.
- We start at the base together
- I ride to the first overlook ,turn around
- I soft pedal down until I pass him and find the first safe place to turn around again
- I ride up to him and check in, then continue up to that overlook again.
- Repeat until we are both at that overlook, then start the same thing to the next one.
- Over and over until one of us is done.
I like this riding because it lets us both ride where we are fitness wise right now, stay close enough that we don’t lose touch in case one person has a mechanical or some other issue.
Strava End of the Year:
So this doesn’t capture all the miles and all the time, but it still is a bit mind boggling when you look at it all added up…
I guess the open question will be, what will the coming year look like… Let’s look at the goals (in some kind of order)
- complete the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike in under 10 hours (of course first I have to finish it first, post on this coming up as I get my head around some issues)
- PR in the Ironhorse
- have a pile of fun suffering in the Mojave Death Race
- have some feeling of success in the AZ Cycling season
- return in some way to triathlons, if only to keep the body healthy while training
- still pondering the California Death Ride
I am filled with a sense of deep loss today as I hear of the passing of Bob Bennen, he will be deeply missed by his community and his family. I met Bob a few years ago on my first group ride, we chatted and he gave me some little tips. As the ride went on I told him that I was starting to get ready for my first triathlon and he said “we should get together sometime and we can run through how it works” You know what people tell you “someday” but not Bob, a couple of weeks later he pinged me on Facebook and followed up.
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