Friday, July 23, 2010


In this past week, I have been riding my old dependable '99 Trek 5200.  Still have to work on the motor but the bike gets the job done.  I asked about my Pinarello, which has be in the shop since my wreck, before the Thursday Night Ride.  It wasn't ready, bummer... still waiting on some parts.   BUT, they quickly looked over the wheels, tested the shifting and she was ready to ride.  This was an unexpected surprise, I was reunited with my race bike.

I wish they could do that for me.  My cardio fitness is gone... most of the ride I was off the back.  Every hill sent my HR within 5 beats of my max HR.   On a positive note, I can still get out there and do a 40mile ride with no problem.  Also, I could easily ramp up my speed up to ~28mph on the flats... just couldn't hold it for more than a minute or two.

I want to do one more race this year in Souix Falls, SD.  It is only a month away so I have to train smart.  I am going to do the training in 2 day training blocks.  The first day will be a hard day... Hills, Intervals, LSD.  The second day a easy-moderate intensity endurance ride.  Rest day, repeat.  We'll see how that goes!

Monday, July 19, 2010

On the Road again

Last weekend I was on the bike again. Both days, Saturday and Sunday.  All I can say right now is that I am way out of shape.

My legs are strong enough but any effort would send my HR up into the red zone.  I was exhausted at only 5 miles and my neck hurted.   On Saturday, I think the heat was a big part of my exhaustion.  Sunday, I could only ride a few minutes at a steady pace then I would rest.   Total miles on the weekend?  Less than 30mi.

I still want to do the Stage race in S. Dakota.  I have only a few weeks to prepare... what to do?  The game plan (I am making this up as I type).  Each week I will try to get: One race pace ride(or intervals), one long of 3hrs+, ride, and one hill ride.  Between these harder rides I will do some very slow recovery rides.