I just got in from an early morning BRick full of hard intervals on the bike and a nice, long run afterwards. Now I’m wide awake and rather chipper but no one seems to be entertained by that at 7 am so I figure why not get caught up on the past few days.
Thursday: Pouring rain, awful thunder and lightening. Should have done some speed work on the hills. Skipped it.
Friday: Rest day, I usually do some strength training but it didn’t happen.
Saturday: The forecast was iffy for the weekend but it was clear and sunny Saturday morning so I scooted out for my long ride. I made it into Piermont ,about 25 miles away, in what felt like record time. When I got in my legs felt fresh and like I hadn’t even ridden a mile. I’m really hoping this is what happens during the race…we shall see. I stopped and had a scone and some coffee.
The way home felt pretty good as well. The hills of course slowed me down, but not to the point that I was totally spent. Even the climbing temperatures and humidity didn’t seem to bother me. I’ve been getting a lot more comfortable riding down in my drops. I’ve even been gearing and braking without coming up. I find my legs are more comfortable when I’m in this position and I’m more aerodynamic. It seems to be making a difference on speed. Then when I was crossing the bridge back into the city a massive headache hit. Not sure where it came from. I was definitely hydrating and used Gatorade on the way back. And it was a shorter ride than what I’ve been doing on the weekends. Maybe I just went too hard on the way back.
I had been noticing a strange sound off and on when I pedal. It became pretty consistent during my long ride so I stopped by the bike shop on my way home. When I described the sound, the guy at the shop made an awful face and said that they will take a look at it and I can come back in a hour. I was fearing the worst. Either the bearings need to be replaced or something is wrong with the crank arm or chain rings. Luckily it seems the culprit was just some dirt. It seems to be riding just fine now, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Sunday: I got up extra early and swam. I did a 1500m time trial in the 50 meter pool. I felt tired and slow for the first half and definitely not my strongest. I clocked in at 35 minutes even. I’m hoping that after being well rested and with the help of a wetsuit and the river current, I can complete the swim in less than 30 minutes on race day. I’m still formulating race day goals in my head so I’ll get back to that later.
Sunday afternoon I caught a break in the rain and went for my long run. I felt great the first half, then the humidity started getting to me. After days of rain, the heat and moisture coming off the greens in the park was insane. I did see a racoon with two babies crossing the street. I think they are pretty much giant rats and they have scared the crap out of me darting out of the darkness when I’m on my bike, but the little babies were pretty cute. Another 8 miles in the bag.
Monday: rest day and day off of work. I slept in and then (unsuccessfully) went jeans shopping. Save for the major tourist areas, the city was dead.
Tuesday: OMG it was hot. I think it almost hit 90 degrees for the first time this year. I went out on my bike mid morning and was dripping in sweat. I did a 24 mile time trial in the park that clocked in at 1:23 with each loop landing in under 21 minutes. It’s the fastest I’ve been in a while in the park so it felt good. I pushed it pretty hard and I’m not so sure I could have run afterwards. As far as race day goes, I’m hoping to finish the ride in less than an hour and a half. It’s hard to say if this is doable. I think the course is pretty flat but there’s no way to ride it ahead of time because it’s on the West Side Highway, which is closed only for the race. I don’t think it’s quite as hilly as the park, but sometimes those slow, sloping rises on highways can get you.
So far a pretty good week of training. As it should be with just over a month to go! How is your training going?