That's what I thought of my coach this week. Seriously. I had my hardest ride so far this past Wednesday- you know that if it looks hard on paper it's going to be hard on the road... got home from that and checked my schedule and saw that he wanted me to back that up with a long ride on Thursday... What? Seriously? Ok. I did that and thought for sure it would mean at least I was going to have a rather short/easy weekend... (I love guessing what my next workout is going to be- I am almost always wrong.) I came home from that long windy ride and reported back that while the ride was mostly fine, my legs were too tired to get my HR up even to the top of zone 2 at the end... even while standing and climbing short steep hills... surely it was time for some recovery, right?
No? Not time yet? Really?
I'll admit I did have a rather easy swim yesterday but then yet another 5 hour ride today with 20 min tempo section at the end straight into a 30 min T-run today. You've got to be freakin' kidding me. I've never ridden this much in my life.
I never should have written that blog last week about how much I love my long ride... I was thinking of drafting a letter to Tim that said something like, Dear Coach, I am sorry that it is -29 degrees where you live but I don't think that's a reason that I should have to ride mileage for BOTH of us this week...
BUT, in good news, we did have some rather amazing weather today and I wasn't actually making that up that I like long rides... so... I actually stopped and snapped for some pictures for you guys to show you why. I skipped the sunrise shot, which might have been a mistake b/c it was the coolest sunrise maybe ever in the history of sunrises...
This is my view about 35 miles in... Waimea Bay. We do swim races here all summer.
Look across the street and this is Waimea Valley. The picture totally doesn't do it justice.
At the top of a 5ish mile climb I do... the Waianae Mountain Range...
Don't worry coach, I did not eat lunch at Macky's.
While it appears these windmills are not moving, well, know that is only because this is a still shot. These windmills always give fair warning... and the faster they are spinning, the harder it's going to be going home.
That was the end of my stopping for pictures because the wind was just getting stronger all day and I still had my tempo interval to do... I had been worried about this tempo section for two days since I'd read it on my schedule... (here is the positive thing about not knowing your schedule too far in advance!) I had no idea how I was going to get my HR that high and keep it there for 20 full minutes when I couldn't even get it to spike there 2 days earlier... hmmm. I really needed my legs to show up for this ride. What would help my legs show up? Ah ha. Mama had the answer.
You'd think that since I am not only sponsored by Recovery e21 but also am the Triathlon Team Coordinator that I would be taking these pills religiously every day. I have to admit, tail between my legs, I don't. I do take them on longer/harder runs if I remember but honestly, most of my training lately has been too cruisy for me to feel like I would notice an effect so I haven't bothered. Bad athlete. I know. BUT, see the positive thing here is that when I do take them, I have real evidence of the difference. I knew that the only way I was going to get my HR up to where it needed to be today was if my legs showed up to ride, and I've known from my past experience with taking e21 that it somehow helps my legs work more effectively. So I gambled on the notion that e21 might somehow magically help me get through this workout today. I took 2 before starting and 2 at each water stop and 2 prior to running (10 total).
And you know what? It worked. In fact, I'd say (bold statement coming!) today was the best long brick I've ever done. I felt super strong all day and was chomping at the bit to get to my tempo section (SO different than just 2 days ago)... got my HR up right to where it needed to be... I'd say "no problem" but that would imply it was easy, which it was not... I felt like I was flying along at 40K pace during that section... got home, put my dorky compression sleeves on and went running... felt light and fresh. Seriously. Amazing. Who feels light and fresh after a ride like that? Um, I DO! :) The only thing I can credit this difference to today is e21* because my hydration/nutrition were same as always and if you look at my week, well, I should have been thrashed today. As it ended up, I felt absolutely super. And mid-run when I was flying high I decided that hiring my should-be-certified-insane coach was the best triathlon related decision I've ever made.
The second best decision? Drinking this post-workout. I figured since I rode right past Pipeline today, I deserved this one. Why is it that beer tastes so much better after a long workout??
So now I find myself wondering, Where's My Limit? It's not where I thought it was, that's for sure. I haven't found it yet. How cool.
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