Here’s what I did this weekend on Saturday:
3 Bears via Pig Farm + Inspiration Pt.
When I told my inadvertant coach Monica about it I got this response:
WHY did you ride 4 hours today? WHY did you ride 57 miles!!!! There is absolutely no need to ride anything over 2 hours!!! You will not gain in fitness now. Only maintain what you have and keep yourself moving. Enough said. The 5k tomorrow would have been perfect for you, but not now. Everything needs to be short, some easy, some with short efforts.
Yes, you are in trouble, in case you have not guessed. Be smart now. Your race is next weekend, and I would hate to see all of your training wasted.
I am done lecturing you.
oops – I was in trouble. I can’t say as I’m sorry to have missed out on a 5K for a PR because contrary to what Monica thinks that would have killed my legs but still – I felt chastened. I took the opportunity to go for a nice, easy 20 mile ride with her in which I was NOT to use the big chain ring AT ALL. Being the naughty girl that I am I cheated once, going downhill, because I didn’t want to get dropped and I was soundly admonished to get dropped and spin easy so I did. It was a lovely ride.
I’m actually glad I did what I did Saturday because I feel like I can recover from that and it gave me the confidence that I can manage a big hill after managing a lot of miles and some other big hills. My pace was not good but my legs were not fresh and I wasn’t racing so I’m not going to worry about that.
I have little, easy workouts with a few 20 second pick-ups scheduled for the rest of the week and then it’s show time. I am done worrying, done being nervous and just really anxious to do it. I don’t know if I will ‘rock the course’ but I will race and I will finish and unless I have a problem I will finish in the top 10 so BRING IT!
I don’t think that you did any harm to yourself and more importantly, you probably really enjoyed being out in the sun riding with the gang. Who wouldn’t enjoy something that included 3 bears, a pig and some of mother nature’s finest inspiration?
rest up and have fun! a package is coming to you -hope it gets there before you leave Thursday!!!!
I think that your friend said very wise words but you know yourself better than her. So you will always do the right thing.
We can read your readiness in that last paragraph – go get it!