It’s been three weeks since Knoxville and things are getting back to normal. One week off, one week active recovery and one week building up to normal training. It was good to have a coach to guide me through this time around. In the past the weeks after a race were a mix of not doing anything or doing too much. But now things are rolling again and gearing up for the next set of races.
This past weekend our coaching group put on a training day. The weather was perfect, the water was warm, the ride enjoyable and the run was fun. All told it was a great day (500M swim, 85KM bike, 6KM run) and I even got to see fellow TrainingPeaks Ambassador Alex as well.
The ride taught me a few things and it became apparent on the run. I have a tendency to go out too hard and suffer at the end of the day. The ride was kept in check for the first 40KM and it wasn’t until the second half that we really put some serious hard efforts in. That said getting off the bike to run was a breeze, I settled into a solid and fast pace and felt comfortable.
Sunday was a crazy day, between following the Giro on Twitter and riding in the Brian Smith Charity Ride it was a hectic morning. The first half of the ride (80KM total) was pretty slow and an easy pace and I sat at the back of the line. One hand on the bars, the other on my phone refreshing Twitter to see how the Giro was playing out. Shortly after the turn around I rode up the line letting people know Ryder won and was joined by another small group of riders. We split off from the main pack and upped the speed.
We had a good line going. Wearing my TP gear I had to represent and got up front for a pull. Perhaps I pulled to hard. Our group of 8 ended up a group of 5, then 4 as one guy lost a bottle and stopped to grab it. We got split as I turned and the group didn’t and I went hard to catch up. By the end there was three of us. The two commented that they need to sign up for TrainingPeaks and start training more. It’s enjoyable having this level of fitness so early in the season. All that work prepping for Knoxville is paying off.
The day ended with me catching up on a run I missed last Thursday. After some lunch and a nap I headed out for a short 45 minute run then came home and spent too much time on the PC reading up on the historic Giro d’Italia win. No better way to spend the weekend in my opinion.
Only thing on my mind now is if I’ll get my new bike in time to race it on Sunday at the Milton Sprint Triathlon!