Monday, February 15, 2010

getting through it... barely.

wow... i can't believe i got through that.  i just finished up the biggest 3 week block of training i have ever done... and i am feeling awesome!  don't get me wrong.  it was HARD!
when cody proposed this last block of training i was kind of apprehensive. i told him to send me the schedule so it could start planning.  getting in this many hours, working full-time at a demanding job, and just living life is not easy... at all.  i really wasn't sure if i could pull it off.

the first two weeks were easy (relatively) even though i had to deal with some weather.  i was knocking out the rides and feeling very motivated.  then the third, and biggest, week came around.  my body was still feeling great and attribute this to my recovery and daily nutrition (thanks Fluid and Feed the Machine/SportMulti).  mentally is where it got tough. most of my miles were solo and it was starting to wear on me.  i didn't admit this to any one but cody, but i was kind of cracking.  i was having conversations in my head on my rides mon-wed on how/why i should cut the ride short or bag it... but i didn't.

pushing yourself and trying to reach a new level of fitness SHOULD NOT be easy.  i think you have to reach beyond your limits and get uncomfortable... tired, sore... but not injured. that's the thing... it was ALL mental.  the plan was working and my body was handling the stress.

thursday morning i had breakthrough 3 hour ride and felt like a million bucks. and then crushed myself with 6+ hours and 8300+ ft of climbing on the mountain bike friday.  saturday beth and i did the 80 for Haiti ride and it was a tough with a lot of headwind and some tough climbing.  i finished off the week with a mellow 4 hour ride on sunday, which i broke up by going to watch beth and some friends finish up the san deiguito half marathon.  the weather was perfect and i felt great.  i thought i was going to have to push through the ride but that was not the case.  i had a great ride and when i rolled back into the garage i was amped to be DONE!


grinding into the head wind on hwy 80.

 my 80 for Haiti teammates.

after the sunday ride i spent the rest of the day lounging and hanging out with beth.  we hit alehouse for a couple of beers and then headed home I cooked up a rad v-day dinner. 

grilled steak and veggie salad.

fitting after a long week on the bike.

11 comments:

Tawnee said...

Those numbers are just hard to comprehend. So awesome.

PS - how do you keep a baked sweet potato from getting smashed while riding?? I can't figure this one out, and I really want to start taking them with me. ha ha

Ryan Denner said...

that is just .... insane. congratulations on the biggest block ever!

Pedal Circles said...

Killer 30 days! I hit my biggest volume week ever last week and was stoked. Nothing like your monster weeks, though! Props.

Enjoy the "down" time.

runninggunner said...

Wow, that is a killer week/month. You're going to kill it this year.

Matt said...

SportMulti: I'm holding. Thanks again. I can't wait to start taking the six-a-day :-)

Nice base, dude.

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

WOW! Simply WOW! you rock!

J.P. Patrick said...

Dude. You should teach courses in time management! Incredible week! Thanks for the motivation!

Charisa said...

SOLID!

FatDad said...

Cycle PIIIIIIIMP!

ARX said...

You are a Machine! So inspiring!

TRI-ROB said...

Good GAWD! Me likey. Me likey lots.

Breathe....