Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Highs and Lows

This past week was killer in the training department. I put down my biggest volume week in the 7 years I've been racing and training for tri's. I have no doubt the work I did this past week will pay off huge later in the season. Sweet.

I felt pretty hammered by Thursday, but sucked it up and finished the week off strong. Saturday I hit a big ride with Luke. Check out his 'blog for the report: windy and COLD. The ride totaled 5.5 hours, with me going solo for the last 2. All things considered, it was a great fitness check and a great indicator of how Vision Quest could go. Though I was shelled from the work during the week, I still rode pretty close to my goal pace for VQ and stayed in zones 1-3 the entire time. Encouraging for sure.

On the way home, I stopped off at Eric H's house and picked up a light set from him that he didn't want to take with him when he moves back East. Two digital HID set ups for $25. I've been needing a helmt mount set. Thanks, man.
Speaking of sweet deals, my MP3 player quit on me and the manufacturer says it;s out of warranty and they don't repair them. Jerks. Last week I saw this 4 gig player at Target for 70 bucks. Sold.

...and Costco had Garmin's for cheap. Good thing since Holly lost her Polar HRM (my old cheapo) and she's stepping into the world of HR training. Now if her Small chest strap would show up, she could actually USE the thing. C'mon Garmin. Get yer shit together...

I tried out my polarized lenses on Saturday: friggin' sweet! No more blinding glare when transitioning from shade to sun or vice versa. Even with the sun in my face late in the day, I could still clearly see trail details. Great stuff for courses with lots of tree cover like Xterra REAL or Tahoe. No more slowing down 'cause I can't see.

Holly's patient's keep bringing food for the staff. She brings the extras home for me so I can taste the goodness. I think she's trying to slow me down so she can catch me...
She swam he first official swim workout Monday and she's still 3 seconds faster per 100 than I am. Damn swimmers...
Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats on a layer of chocolate. So good with a glass of milk!
I'm sure I burned it off during my trainer session this morning. At least I hope I did.

If only I had a Power Tap...
Some much needed recovery and testing this week.


jameson said...

You are working your ass off. It's good to hear! Keep it up man.

I think me an Ryan are going to ride some of the CC/VQ course on Saturday morning. let me know if you want in.

Pedal Circles said...

Good stuff! I keep trying hard to stay away from sweets like that. Even with the exposure they look tasty :D

If you find cheap Power Taps lmk!