As I settle back into a regular training schedule for the 2014 race season it’s important for me to be prescriptive of my days off the bike. So far I only take one day off of no riding, which is absolutely important in allowing your body to recover and get stronger. Tuesdays seem to work for me, since it’s a day I take my dog, Marlow, to work.
Yep. Need to rest. Gotta big day coming up on Saturday.
This morning I got my first bike fit ever. The biggest thing I learned about the process is that I ride with my seat way too high, have high arches and should be riding a wider saddle. After a couple hours of personalizing I’m dialed in with a new saddle, foot beds and context for how my position should feel like. I could tell the difference immediately. It’ll take some time getting used to the extra perceived power from a lower saddle position, but it’s great knowing I’ve been assessed for getting the most out of my current condition. It was so informative and eye opening that I plan to get a mountain bike fit done soon.
No ride today. Need some rest in my legs. 10 straight days of riding. I’ll resume tomorrow.
The best part about forgetting my shoes for the lunch ride today was finding out that people love to play ping pong here, and you all know how much I love ping pong. I got my game on and broke a nice sweat. I was a bit rusty, but eventually found my rhythm.
My Carmichael Training Systems coach over the past couple of years raced the Leadville 100, too. He put in an incredible time of 7:16. Clayton’s been an incredible source of inspiration and knowledge during my training. I highly recommend looking into some sort of training program if you plan on doing the Leadville 100. I’ve learned so much about myself, limiters and strengths, how to train and how to keep improving.
I’ll be laying off the bike for most of the week this week in preparation for the Tahoe Trail 100 this coming weekend. I haven’t done this before, intentionally, but I hope it’ll recharge my legs and give me that punch I’m looking for come race day. I’m planning on going up early in the day Friday, leaving me little time to get settled, but having done the race last year I feel confident in knowing the entire course.
Took the day off from riding. Debating whether or not I’d like to race this weekend. There’s the Sonoma Ricochet race series on Saturday. I did the first one a couple of weeks ago, and think it would be fun to do another one. We’ll see how I feel later in the week.
I’ve raced almost every weekend for the past month. My body needs some rest and active recovery. I’ve slowly watched the hours in the saddle dwindle each week, trying to recover as much as possible between each race. I hope to ramp up my riding in the next week or so, getting ready for the Tahoe Trail 100 qualifier next month.
Didn’t make it out in the morning as usual, so I had to settle for an indoor steady-state session. It’s been a while since I’ve done any interval training, so it felt rather awkward trying to keep my watts up. I’m racing on Sunday so I wanted to prime my legs a bit without exerting myself too much.