It is finally time for some recovery! Technically last week was supposed to be my first recovery week. However, with a race planned for Saturday, and lots of travel and other obligations planned for this week, I decided to flip flop my training weeks. I kept the intensity and volume pretty high throughout all of last week and into Monday. Starting today, I will back off a bit on the workouts. I know that I will miss some workouts and not have ability to bike with some of the travel so that will help me recover. And I need the recovery, my body is feeling worn out.
Anyways, here is what I have been up to…
The Lowell 50
As I mentioned, I did another race on Saturday. I hit the dirt/gravel on the mountain bike again for the The Lowell 50. I chose the 28 mile loop and am glad I did. The weather took a turn for the worse and we ended up with a starting temperature of 34*. Despite the cold, this race went much better than Barry-Roubaix for two reasons: I knew what to expect and the course was a bit less challenging (more pavement and no 2-track). I did a slightly better job hanging with some groups, but still rode the majority on my own. With the smaller field, I ended up taking 3rd in my age group out of 9.
The 28 mile group headed out at the start.
About 10 miles from the finish. There was a HUGE climb right after coming off of the bridge.
Coming across the finish line. There were 3 of us together in the final mile. I got out sprinted by one of the guys, but held off the 3rd guy.
My age group hardware.
Training is going great. While I have a solid plan in place, I can’t say that I am following that closely. For as much shit as I have given MattyO about his “no plan plan”, I am starting to get it. Last year, I followed my training plan to a T. This year, however, I have basically been looking at the plan at the beginning of the week and then doing what I want. I have been moving things around to fit my schedule and events like group rides/runs.
My biggest struggle thus far has been running for some reason. Part of it is the fact that I think I just needed a break from running after so much time training for the Woodlands Marathon. I also think that I got so used to running long with my previous training plan, that I just can’t get motivated to do a short run. All of my 4-6 miles runs have been struggles; both physically and mentally. However, my long runs (10+ miles) have been awesome and I felt like I could run forever. I may work with this and cut back on the number of runs per week and increase my per run mileage and see how my body handles it.
Team Priority Health Champion
I recently applied to be a Team Priority Health Champion and was accepted! I don’t know too many details yet, but I’m very excited to join a great team working to promote healthy and active lifestyles.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!