Friday, May 15, 2009

The Honeymoon is over

Ok, so the wildflower honeymoon/day dreaming/lala land phase is over. It took me a week and a half to get back in the swing of things (work, personal, diet, school), but I am back on a routine, and ready to deal with whatever CV throws my way (I hope!).

Over the past week, I had a hard 75 mile ride with some RAAM teammates, doing a modified TdC stage 8. Without going into details, it was a huge confidence builder ride! Sunday AM was weights (for the first time in about 9 months), later followed by a hard 75 minute hard tempo ride around fiesta. This hurt - a lot. When I was finished with the ride, I could barely walk, sit, move, bend over - anything! It had definitely been a long time since I just hunkered down in aero and hammered for this long. My sit bones and hips felt like they got beat the f up! Monday and Tuesday were easy days (thankfully), but wednesday greeted me with an 1:45 hour straight sesh on the trainer. No intervals, no bullshit - just steady state. Here I am sweating it out at the pad:

Thursday was more gnarly hill repeats up TP. For the first time ever, I realized the value of a power meter, and I will save the elaboration for another post.

This sunday, I have repeats up palomar mountain! Should be a "Fun"!

I am really looking forward to the next 5 weeks. As much as I enjoyed the balanced triathlon training for the last 4 months, I am looking forward to (hopefully) seeing some nice performance gains by switching over to single sport...

I want to share my favorite quote from wildflower, overhead from the campsite next to us:

"Carb up at night, carb out in the morning!"


Tawnee said...

Palomar repeats?! - "fun" as in we enjoy inflicting pain upon our bodies in a psychotic way, right? Haha.

Love the new blog pic!!

Paul said...

Dude you are a cycling rockstar!! And the trainer?? Welcome to my life. Saturday morning is 2.5 hours on the trainer...I get more time with the boy this way. Love it. Although I miss the real world sometimes.

patrickcowgilldrain said...

Gotta love the Gurujan reference. Good luck out there!