Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Rainy Century

Wow, yesterday's century was quite the experience. I thought it would be a good idea to go 3 loops from the house. The idea was to simulate IMAZ, which is a 3 loop course. Each loop was ~33 miles. Well it was all good, except it started rainy about 5 miles into the 2nd loop. At first I thought it would let up, but it didn't. We had 0.35" of rain, w/ light winds. The one good thing is that the temps were in the mid-50's, so it didn't feel too cold.

During the 2nd loop, I was thinking of bagging it and just finish up on the trainer, but to my suprise I saw about 3 groups of cyclists out there dealing w/ the elements. Seeing those guys (and gals too!) gave me inspiration to tough it out and get in the 3rd loop, even though it was raining.

Well my IMAZ 3 loop simulation was successfully completed, but I seriously doubt I'll see 0.35" of continuous rain in Phoenix.

One last thought, that was my 5th ride over 90 miles over the last 7 weeks. It amazes me that a century is now a training ride. Centuries used to be epic rides. Now its a training session.


Saturday, January 14, 2006

Tough Ride

Man, today was a a tough ride. Did 102.9 miles. The weather started out nice, but then turned ugly for the last 40 miles. Winds were 20-30 mph, according to the weather report. I also made the mistake of trying to hang w/ the roadies during the group ride. They had this paceline thing going, and my HR hit 171 max. That wasn't smart. The last 30 miles were a complete sufferfest. I made it home and blew off the 30min brick run I was supposed to do. Next ride, I think I'll go solo for the complete training session.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Off Day

Kinda blase tonight. I'm coming off of my recovery week last week. I'm actually looking forward to my long 2:30 run tomorrow and my other key workout for the week 100 miles this coming Saturday.

IM has kinda taken over a lot of my spare time. I constantly look at discussion boards (Slowtwitch, Beginner Triathele) for threads on IM related stuff. I almost feel like I'm on an information overload. I'm sure I'll start getting seriously fired up as the proximity to IMAZ approches, but these days I'm just pretty much dogging it.

Good night.