|Total Time||1.5 hrs||4.5 hrs||3 hrs||.5 hr||9.5hrs|
|Total Distance||3,800m||80 miles||24 miles|
This was a recovery week and it’s safe to say that I didn’t go above and beyond what the plan suggested. We were travelling up in Boston for the week to look for apartments and I then I was in Cincinnati on Thursday which meant my training schedule was completely off. But I was able to get at least one workout in a day, so I can’t really complain too much… I definitely didn’t lose ground.
Monday – Day Off.
Tuesday – I rode for an hour on a stationary bike and then ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill. Nothing more to say than that. It was ridiculously hot and my clothes were disgusting – it was an unventilated basement workout room.
Wednesday – Ran around the esplanade in Boston for 8 miles in the morning and it was so nice. I just focused on running and didn’t do any speed workout or anything.
Thursday – Another hour on a stationary bike (this time in Cincinnati). Boring. Sweaty.
Friday – Finally back home! Friday morning I got in the pool for the first time that week (not good!) and did 2,200m. In the afternoon, I ran 45 minutesin Umstead – it was an awful, painful run. I don’t think I ever have a good run in the evening; probably because I have been sitting all day at work and my legs are ridiculously tight.
Saturday – Long brick workout day. We went 2:30 (50 miles) on the bike a followed by an 8-mile run. The bike was awesome. I actually felt like I was able to keep up with Ryan… he still beat me, but there were plenty of sections where I was able to properly draft. Towards the end of the ride, there are 4 large hills that we climb and for 2 of them, I destroyed Ryan. I mean, really destroyed him. I drafted him up to the point where the hill started and then I jumped off the saddle and pumped as hard as humanly possible. I got to the top, pushed for about a hundred yards and the jumped off the saddle again for the next hill. By the time I got to the top, I was about a minute ahead of Ryan and promptly filled my mouth with vomit… then spit it out. I red-lined it, but damnit it was worth it.
Sunday – We ran 10 miles of single track through Umstead. These were some new trails for me, most of which were covered in pine needles, which made the run very soft and easy. Still lots of sections where we were dealing with big rocks and roots, but overall not a very technical run which was nice. In the afternoon, Mary Lynn and I went to Sandling Beach at Falls Lake about 20 minutes from our house. We spent some time playing paddle ball and soaking in the southern culture… including large women in all-to-small Conferderate flag bikinis. One woman in particular decided to avoid tan lines on her back and removed her top. Unfortunately, she forgot not to look up – Mary Lynn and I got an eyeful of sagging nip. Not good. So I promptly got in the very very cold water and swam a mile.
Next week is a tough week and potentially a trip out to the mountains for a long ride. We’ll see!