This training week is definitely scoring a yellow. On Wednesday, I left work at 4:00 and rode the Ride Around Clark County century route. From work to home was about 95 miles but counting my ride to work in the morning, I got a bit over 100 for the day. Anyway, that effort pretty much wrecked my training plan for the week. I haven’t run for four days and I blew off my cross practice on Tuesday to save my legs for Wednesday. I haven’t been able to reschedule my cross ride since I’m still recovering from the effort.
So for a bit of bravado — yeah, I can ride 100 miles — I wrecked my training week. Now I’m considering taking tomorrow off to fully rest and get back on plan. It would have been far better to have put in 50-60 and then kept on track for the rest of the week.
Tuesday 6/13: Rest. I really did need a day off so this was fine with the plan.
Wednesday 6/14: 5:55 (100 miles) commute (yellow). I felt pretty good the first three hours then started to feel the toll. After about an hour, in Hockinson, it started raining. I almost bailed but perservered and the shower quickly passed (~20 minutes). It started coming down again around Moulton Falls but lightened up to an off-and-on misting for most of the remaining ride. My butt got damp from road spray so I had some significant chafing concerns after about four hours. The conclusion is that I can ride a century but it’s best if I don’t really do one until I have a LOT more training in my legs.
Thursday 6/15: 1:20 commute (green). I should have run but there was no way I was going to be able to.
Friday 6/16: 1:20 commute (yellow). I should have definitely run this morning but I was still feeling the effects of Wednesday. My legs don’t have any ‘pop’ and my heart rate isn’t responding to hard efforts — definitely a signal for a rest day.