So we're in the time frame where coach is trying to kill me again. It might be time for me to dig out my cat suit.
I just had a rather ridiculous 3 days of training and I'm trying to remember if I've backed up long rides before the way I just did? I don't think I have? Maybe once... but all this training is killing off my brain cells so I can't be sure. It was interesting though b/c yesterday I really struggled and couldn't get my HR up (and swore a lot)... that had me rather worried about how I was going to get through another 90+ miles today... but as they say, today was a new day and I felt like a freakin' machine on that bike. (Nailed it!) I kept a mental imagine of Ange's new blog picture in my head on all my intervals today as a reminder that THAT is how I want to feel when I finish Kona. I know Ange worked her ass off this year in prep for Lake Placid and it paid off for her (clearly!). I love seeing that- when people are consistent and diligent and focused in their training and then BAM! Awesome race when it matters. Very motivating for work horse athletes like me. :)
Anyway, ~70 miles into my ride today I was stopped at Turtle Bay to refill my bottles one last time... Turtle Bay is a nice resort on the North Shore and it was almost lunchtime and I could smell the burgers grilling and the place was full of rather overweight pasty white tourists lounging by the ocean and relaxing on vacation and I just had this thought... No thanks, I'll just have another GU and go bust my ass into that nasty headwind one more time... Because I want to feel like Ange on October 8... But ya'll enjoy yourselves.