Thursday, July 2, 2009
BILL'S JULY RACING AND TRAINING(POSSIBLY)
MY CYCLING HERO IN DOWN! Jens Voigt crashed so hard at 70kph. Get well soon so I have a reason to watch professional cycling once more.
I'm beginning this month with a great deal of racing in the legs. I feel like I hoped this time in the schedule(completed 19 races and training races to date). I'm using the lull in the calendar this month to rebuild and recharge in an effort to race into mid Aug. I plan to pull the plug no matter what at that point. Doing different training has been welcome, but an occasional afternoon nap is the biggest treat(I think I've had 4).
I missed my intensity days this week and concentrated on a bunch of E miles instead. Today was a good test for the legs, opening them without much structure. I wanted a ride about two hours and that challenged mostly my tempo, but also the Vo2 and PC systems. It was my first solo hammer ride and I was a bit unsure what I was getting into. I dealt with a wind from the west, which only hit me on the small axis of my route. I varied the cadences from 75-85rpms and felt quite taxed above or below that within in minutes.
I attacked the hills and managed to accelerate over and off the tops. Dirt yard hill(coming back from Rozelle) proved to be a real challenge, as I ran out of steam about 30 meters from the top, but still got into my rhythm quickly. Great ride and the 1st ride where my body really hurt afterward. 46 miles in 2:06:25