Sunday, May 18, 2008

THIS is Why...

... I'm so glad to be home!  Yeah.  Precious aren't they?

Saturday I got in my last ride of the week while in AZ.  Another HOT day so I was on the road early to avoid the suppressive heat.  This was a high cadence ride on the flats staying well within Zones 1 and 2.  Rode for 3 + hours and felt... tired.  Yeah.  Tired.  But good.  I felt like I got something accomplished during this last week's training.  The only downside was that within the first 30 minutes of the ride I encountered an adorable little puffy white-tailed baby bunny just to the side of the road.  Not so bad right?  Ok.  Well, upon seeing said bunny, I immediately made up a song... you know... about bunnies?  Yeah.  Something like, "Bunny wabbit bunny bunny wabbit Fluffy wabbit fluffy fluffy wabbit."  Over and over and OVER for the next 2.5 hours.  I thought I was going inSANE!  I will say that the Bunny Wabbit song coincided perfectly with a cadence of 95 to 98 rpms.

After the ride it was back to my buddies place to refuel and pack the bike and the rest of my gear.  By the time I was done with that it was 11 am and HOT!  Decided to get my run done inside.  Fortunately for me, my buddy Jim has a membership at LifeTime Fitness... you know the gym?  The one where you walk in and everyone but you is beautiful... including their outfits?  Yeah, that gym.  I walked in with my stinky, sleeveless t-shirt and got my run in. Nothing too intense.  A 40 minute with some harder efforts thrown in.

When I got done... I actually got a little sad and started second-guessing myself.  Sad b/c I knew that an epic training week had come to an end.  Second-guessing b/c I didn't feel as tired as I thought I should have.  Did I work hard enough?  Did I reach the lows that I wanted to?  I'm not sure... but I do know that I was profoundly sad while at the airport waiting for my flight home. It could have been any number of things... but I know exactly why... and I won't get into it here... wouldn't want to make Bigun cry.

Home Saturday evening... smothered in hugs n kisses!  YES!  Sunday was a rest day... that's when it hit me... I'm TIRED and all I want to do is EAT!  I've tried to limit it to "good for you" stuff... but last night?  I had 5 scoops of ice cream, 3 oatmeal cookies, and a 16 oz glass of milk... all at 9 pm!  Yeah... I slept good!

Ok!  SO... I have my first triathlon of the season this coming Sunday!  Liz has given me a relaxed week so that my body can absorb the epic training of last week... so it's not a true taper... but definitely not a heavy week.  The triathlon is called the Duck Bill Thrill and its an olympic distance race that's hosted in the local area.  I'm REALLY looking forward to getting a competitive open-water swim in before I head down to CA for Escape from Alcatraz June 8th!

hm... Hm.... HM!

Ok... so that's all I got!  Hope you kids are doing good and training smart!



beth said...

cheer up and do some resting, robbie!

can't wait to hear about the Duck Bill Thrill...

kt said...

Nice epic training week. Have to say I am a little jealous! Rest up rock star!