I’m back! After a forced rest of 5 days I managed to get back in the saddle yesterday (literally) and I managed to make my race today. My hammy is just fine but my inner thigh hurts – the way it is supposed to hurt after a race. My buns are sore, too and that’s okay with me.
Yesterday I did a 30 minute Spinverals workout that focuses on technique. There were some cadence drills that had you ramp up the rpms every 10 seconds and then rest 40 seconds. Due to my previous experience with the trainer spontaneously falling over I was a little reluctant but Shelly had sent an email that said ‘make sure it is locked in there’ and I looked and realized I had not done that. doh! So this time I was fully clamped down and then I made my son look at me on the bike and make sure I was really straight in the vertical axis and then, just for good measure, I put a little rug under the right side of the stand. And then I spun that baby- I even got up to 150 rpm which was awesome for me! And I did not fall over – it was like a miracle.
Today I had my race. It is a 4 mile run on a hilly course. I didn’t know how I would do but I went out and just did it. I was actually ahead of this other woman on my team until the 2 mile turn around. Then we ran together and then, in the last 1/4 mile I sort of lost it and she got in about 20 seconds ahead of me. Bummer – last in on the team AGAIN! And that’s just the way it is but be that as it may this run was certainly an accomplishment for me because I placed 4th in my age group out of 17! I WIN!!!
I don’t think I have ever been anywhere close to 4th. What’s even more exciting is that the woman I was running in with is in the 30 – 39 age group. Granted – she rode a metric century yesterday but still – I’m feeling pretty good here!! Happiest of all was that my final mile was my best. Official Time: 41:34:7 (34/85 OA for women) Let me just repeat – I WIN!!!
See that??!!! I went sub 10 minute the last mile and it wasn’t ALL downhill although it was largely downhill. But then it went up. See??:
The only issue I’m having is with what my Garmin has to say about energy expended. I really don’t think so:
Do you think my Garmin is giving me a hint to go on diet?
All of this leads up to my current thinking on Wildflower and training but I’ll save that for another post.