With that said, I did the unthinkable. I put a time goal out there. Something I DON'T do. Something I am scared of. Failure? Pressure? Who knows.... But I did it.
- Ride like hell for the next 12 weeks.
- No more Zone 1 cruise speed every week.
- Push through the comfort zone
- Stay healthy
- Rest when needed
- Actually do the speed ride once per week on the schedule
- For once if feeling fatigue - miss the run, not the bike!
I think my goal is pretty aggressive, but in hindsight I can't figure out how the heck I avg'd 19mph 3 years ago with little experience, and in no where near as fit!? So, I must be able to one up that, right?
Yesterday was test ride #1. I knew there would be a few phases to the ride, because we were picking up one of newest members, Big J for his first non-perfect weather, flat terrain road ride. And, if he was willing to get up 3 hours early to get out there with us, I would do my best to help make him more comfortable (i.e. - not make him resent coming out there!)
So the plan - Melisa would come pick up Shane & I....we'd ride up to get Big J. ride about 40mins with him, then Melisa & I would take off to finish our ride. And that is where I decided I would start my plan. Push it.
Which is EXACTLY what we did. After 1:20 of easy climbing, it was time for the boys to head home & Momo & I to finish our ride. Mission accomplished!!!!!
We avg'd NINETEEN POINT 5 for 1:45!!!!!!
Avg HR 149.. Now, we're talking....
That includes several start/stops for lights & water. Along with some slight incline/decline (no major hills)
While my legs felt it... I also felt so much better at the end. I knew I actually worked hard. I manged the heat and humidity really well, and honestly... It was actually EASIER to keep a steady/strong pace vs a few pushes here and there along with a lot of drafting, which is the norm.
I'm pretty sure Melisa hated me for a few minutes here and there. You know, since this was also HER first ride back from the perfect Coronado. Nothing like easing back into things, eh? But, as the new favorite saying goes, "Suck it up Buttercup." She's got some goals set herself here as well.
So, week one down - 11 to go. I managed 12 hours for week one. I'm sticking with my plan of only 2 runs per week until September to allow the IT to respond to treatment more.
Here are the results. Oh - and after yesterday's run.. I managed a KICK A@@ tempo run this am. While the numbers aren't that impressive - I manged about :40 per mile faster than I have been in this awful heat and humidity. Very happy with that!
You know what's kinda sick? I felt better than ever after finally getting back into the swing of things... You know, training...