Why a week in review? Well, because if you don’t count the vacation stroll by bike I took with my wife a couple weeks ago, i’ve been out in about a month. I don’t seem to have lost a lot of my conditioning but some of it disappeared as evidence by three crashes on Monday.
Life happened. I can’t even really say I know exactly why I didn’t ride, I feel like I was just doing stuff: work, fathering, husbanding, fishing. I did take a trip to Alaska with my father-in-law do some fly fishing for pinks followed by ocean fishing for slivers, Kings and Halibut.
Anyway, a couple good rides this week. One up in the Crazies. I’d like to try the 253 loop in reverse next time and see how that fairs. And hopefully the rest of this year I can do some more riding with friends in the morning.
So my goal at the start of the nice(r) weather was to train thee days a week. Well, to find a nice balance between enjoying the ride and training. It’s even harder when I travel. I don’t usually have a bike either. So when I knew this LA trip was coming up, I knew I had to get on it.
I made progress. I got up and out today. The friends’ house I’m staying at is about 1 mile from a large preserve that has bike/walkways and trails. The plan was to put in 6. I figured that would be manageable given I’m at sea level, been training on the bike since my last run and usually throw down 3-4 without any training at all.
At mile 3 I felt like I’d run but 100 yards. So I said, let’s go for 8 then. I climbed a little hill at mile 4 and made my turnaround. At mile 5, my knee said, “I’m done.” On a pain level of 1-10, it was about an 7. Just shy of making me cry out. My left knee, outside joint, just plain hurt. Bad. I could find, bend it and move it just fine, but run? Nope. I preceded to spend the last three miles doing a rulk. You know, I ran until I couldn’t bear the pain, the walked. Then repeated that. I did get in a couple sprint paces though before the pain flared up again.
Frustrating for sure because overall, my legs felt great, legs felt great and I wasn’t worn in the least. Had it not been for the knee, I felt like I could easily put down 10, maybe 12. Oh well. I know in years past, this isn’t uncommon and I sort of have to train out of it before I can do those higher mileages. That’s not exactly my goal, but I sort of feel cheated today.
I tried changing my pace, gait, form, etc. No change. I know my shoes are wore out and my ultrarunner brother said to look at some Hoka One Ones. They’re a God send for big guys like us.
I’m not a regular runner, but I do consider it a regular part of my cross-training and do it when there’s no bike around…or I’m surfing. Haha!
It was so hard to get up this morning. I was up late last night doing laundry. I almost bagged the ride this morning, but I followed through my at least three-days-a-week morning MTB ride plan.
I felt uber-fresh. Snappy Jack was snappy and I actually found some sort of rhythm on that lovely mess of a tech trail. Several sections I’ve been struggling to negotiate flowed nicely today. I even opted to ride one more climb up Molt Rd. hill. As I passed the parking lot with the car, I realized I was out of water then a mile later, my stomach started asking for food so I went halfway up roughly.
My Christianity permeates my entire life, very holistically. So I stopped at one point and read Ps. 29. Appropriate chapter on how God is God of everything, rocks, rivers, floods, nature, etc.
Anyway, everything felt great today. Hopefully this trend continues.
Last week, I posted over on my production blog about the Time Inbetween. Those times between projects when I work 3 weeks of 18 hour days and then nothing for a while. Part of that creating a better balance is getting out and riding more. Mornings are typically not times I ride, but interestingly work pretty well. They get me home when I need to be home to do nightly parenting duties and I avoid the heat, rain and wind by not riding in the afternoon. I can do most of my other work in off-hours after the kids go to bed, before they get up in the morning, in the afternoons, etc. I do have regular calls and meetings but when I don’t have those, I’m going to try and work in more regular exercise and down time.
Also, I put a 1x10 on the bike. I like it. A lot. A little weird mentally, but the simplicity and forcing to use a harder gear on climbs are both good things.
Well yesterday was fun. I got out on the trail for the first time since coming down with pneumonia-turned bronchitis after getting back from my trip. I felt healthier than I thought I would although at one point, walking a really tech section, my legs started cramping up. I didn’t think I’d been out there that long, but who knows. Anyway, felt better than I expected and no uncontrollable coughing.