My focus this week is to do ALL that coach has written on my plan for this week. In advance I knew I would be suffering some/a lot. Here are just two of the days noted below:
Tuesday – I arrived to join the group for a 30 mile ride through the country. It was announced that we were just going to take it easy tonight. I fooling myself to believe this and then the hammering began. Somewhere within the first 10 miles we had a breakaway group leaving about 6-8 of us to settled into a nicer pace that ended in an 18.4 mph avg overall. I am learning that we no longer really know how to keep it at an easy pace…lol. I LOVE MY TEAM and I LOVE others that join us each week sharing these miles. Following the ride I racked my bike and headed out for a 10 minute run. As I was leaving the parking lot I LOL because Coach was there watching the 4 of us that she trains. I was lucky to only have 10 minute run. The others had 20 minute. All finished strong.
Wednesday – These intervals would prove to be a challenge. After warming up for 1 mile I then had 5 minute all out hard effort followed by 3 minute recovery to repeat 3 times then a 1 mile cool down to finish it off. Listed are just the all out sessions:
Sprint #1 – 7:48 pace (even with a slight downhill my legs were not happy)
Sprint #2 – 7:24 pace (flat but better)
Sprint #3 – 7:33 pace (slight, short hill followed by flat)
HOLY COW this was hard for me. 5 minutes seemed more like for-freaking-ever. Don’t even want to know what the interval mix will be next week.
Caesar's Head Climb!
This weekend I am marking off something on my list I have avoided for too long as a local cyclist. I will be climbing Caesars Head. A 6 mile section with tight turns and some steep pitches. The drop offs on the sides freak me out so I am just going to look straight ahead. In all our ride will end with 65 miles.