Man am I tired from the weekend… it felt good to do nothing aerobic.
Still manage to check the 'training' box though and got in my core routine. Barely. I dicked around like crazy again this morning and almost did not make it to the gym…
Attack! Go fast! Go fast some more! Cover that move! Do it again!
This was real racing today which was a nice (although tough) change from the negative riding that sometimes occurs at our level. Huge kudos to Greg Kauper; with just one teammate we had to cover everything and except for the very last move we did! Also to Aaron Berntson for making that last move which we missed stick, the entire Garage Racing team for lighting up the race and to Audi for putting in a solid, coordinated effort to bring back the last big break.
Last night I was sorta psyched to ride this morning and then when I woke up it was pretty darn wet. No thanks.
ASIDE - when did I get so freaking soft…? It's been a while now that's for sure. And my weight is way up! I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I have eaten out and had beers the last three nights. :(
Instead of riding I went to the gym. I have a hard race coming up Saturday so did not go for a run and instead opted for some low-impact cardio. Exciting. I know.
Since that was only a short effort (I delayed going to the gym until the last possible minute) I went again at lunch.
We set out to try a new trail today - Japanese Gulch. This is a really cool ravine in Mukilteo with railroad tracks (the steepest grade in the state of WA!) running up the middle and trails on both sides. The loops are not super long but you could easily string together two, three or four for a full day of riding. And it's incredibly accessible. Some sections of the trail do not drain very well and the soil has some clay in it so be prepared to slide around a little, a lot if it's wet.
This was our first mountain tandem ride of the year and for some reason it takes me a while to dial in the bike handling every spring… Let's just say we should have had a helmet cam.
More training for work today and it's super wet out so gym it is.
Since I'm doing a running race tomorrow today is sort of my 'opener' day. I started mellow, sped up a little and then sped up again for the last five minutes. I have not done ANY fast running in what feels like ages and so this was a bit of a shock to the system but after about 15 minutes I was feeling much better.
I'm not going set anything on fire tomorrow but if the weather cooperates - which it looks like it will - I should have a good time.
I wore some fancy, brand new shoes today (Brooks Launch) thinking I might want to give them a spin tomorrow… we'll see. They felt fine.
I didn't drag my ass to the gym in a very timely manner this morning so had to abbreviate my core workout somewhat. Oops.
On the upside I got in a quality stretching session at lunch which I really needed. I had developed a slight twinge in my right hip/knee and I'm not sure exactly which stretch alleviated it but one of them did.
I had not done any core since last Thursday and for some reason I felt sorta pooped today but in retrospect I rallied. In relative terms of course…
I extended my run five minutes in the morning and at lunch when I hit the IMA I opted to not stare at my watch while doing the plank and got in 30 extra seconds. Yes. Some credit goes to my iPod for sure.
My run was just to run! I guess I like it and since I'm not going to Walla Walla this coming weekend I am toying with the idea of doing a running race. Will I be prepared? No. Do I expect to go fast? No. But I think it will be fun and the weather is supposed to be nice and it will be good to get in a longer effort again. It's been a while since I have done that. And I feel way less self-conscious running with no shirt on than I do riding a bike in the same attire.
Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do.
A real workout! And because of the excellent weather I got to ride my race bike. Boom. And I did it with my team! And by 'team' I of course mean two other guys.
I met Greg Kauper and Tony Bravetti in Bothell at 7:30 and we proceeded to systematically ride most of the hills up here.
NOTE - there are a lot of hills near Bothell! And most of them are not short.
It was a great day. Why? Well let me tell you.
Did I say I was giving up running…? I lied. Sometimes it's just easier than getting all geared up for a bike ride. Plus the muscles are different so I was sorta justifying it that way as my ride yesterday was hard.
The highlight for today? My weight is not up.
Rest day. For those not 'in the know' (whatever the hell elitist level of understanding that is, right?) that doesn't mean do nothing, instead it means 'active recovery' which means a very low stress workout.
I'm smiling thinking back to a conversation I had with my dental hygienist yesterday as she was cleaning my teeth. She noticed I had ridden my bike to the appointment and asked how far it was. I told her it was just five miles and after expressing amazement (she is obviously one of those people that thinks of miles in terms of running and running is HARD) she asked where I live. I told her on top of Capitol Hill and she said, "Oh WOW, that must be a great BURN going home!" Burn. Nice.
'Gym speak' I call it. It's so something an aerobics instructor would say and what most people seek every single time they exercise. And then brag about. While on an active recovery day it's something I try to avoid. Not so easy when you need to climb all the way to the top of the hill.
This is the long way of saying I took the bus to work.
Incredibly it was not raining when I woke up so I decided to go for a ride.
Not only was it dry out it was also warmer than I thought it would be… This is that time of year where you get all geared up to brave the elements and then it's 50 degrees. D'oh…! That's kinda what happened today. My wind vest came off in about five miles and my gloves came off for the last hill. BUT I AM NOT COMPLAINING.
I left home a little earlier than last week so I had time for one more hill. Nice.
I again alternated in the saddle and out of the saddle for the first four and on the last one I rode in the saddle to the first bend and then shifted up, stood up and went as hard as I could to the summit. As hard as I cold felt pretty slow on this bike. Or maybe it's just me. :) Then I just spun up the remainder of the climb and up Union and home.
The sunrise was freaking amazing today. I saw the first rays of light descending from the first hill and on each subsequent climb it got brighter and more spectacular. So, so beautiful.