Things that get in my way

Stress, I seem to have a lot of feelings of stress and anxiety. I know in my core that working out and getting exercise generally help reduce the symptoms of stress and go a long way in helping me sleep. So then how do these things get in my way… guilt. The guilt that I am not dealing with the causes, the guilt that I use exercise to procrastinate and avoid the triggers and causes of my stress and anxiety. Could I be doing something ‘productive’, should I be spending time figuring out where my life is going. SO then I skip the workout and I don’t sleep, my productivity goes down the drain and I am irritable and hard to bear.

Viscous cycle and I am really really bad at getting out of it


Really???? AAA Will Pick You Up –

More Flats Than Spares? AAA Will Pick You Up |
I had no idea.

AAA now provides bikes with the same roadside service as automobiles.

Spend any amount of time on a bike, and it’s bound to happen—you get a second flat tire when you only packed one spare tube, that chain you’ve been meaning to replace “eventually” finally snaps, or a random-but-important bolt dislodges and disappears. If you’re lucky, this mishap will occur within walking distance of your home or bike shop—but because the Endurance Gods have a wicked sense of humor, you’ll more likely be stranded miles from anyone or anything.

Time to focus on the coming year

Training for something is key to my focus and right now I have nothing really on my race calendar. Mojave Death Race is on the calendar, first time just as a participant not as a leader/captain. I have signed up for the Leadville lottery and would like to get a few more triathlons under my belt but, what and how long to do. Probably going to sign up for the Ironhorse and looking into the Death Ride. Also starting to look at the AZ Cycling calendar…

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…