Sunday, March 27, 2011

Long Ride Fail

Well, it's clear I'm not this guy (hint: click on his image).  When he says, "shut up legs," his body listens.  When I say it my legs respond with a "screw you brain!"  Well, that's what happened today anyway.  After some hard cycling intervals Friday and a max effort at a 5k yesterday my body just had nothing left.  I've spent a lot of time at my max heartrate lately --- heck, my average HR at the 5k was only 3bpm below my max!

Still, I was supposed to get in about 3-1/2 hours in the saddle today.  I thought a 52 mile route similar to the one I did last Saturday would fit the bill nicely.  Then I got on the bike ....... Before I even got out of the neighborhood I knew I was in trouble.  The slightest little incline felt like a wall to climb but I gritted my teeth and hoped things would loosen up after awhile.  I should also mention the massive temperature drop we had overnight.  Instead of adding to my tan lines with more 80 degree days, I was pulling out all my winter gear again for temps in the 40's with a cold northern wind.  This ride never had "fun" written on it but that was beside the point.  My legs were a day ahead of me in the schedule.  In other words, they were ready to taper for the duathlon.

After several miles I came to realize this was as good as it was going to get.  I decided to ride to a gas station about 18 miles out and turn around there.  The portion of the route beyond that point gets hillier and has a tendency to include dogs at each crest.  My legs weren't interested in steep climbs or racing dogs, let alone both at the same time.  Also, I knew I would have a slight tailwind for the return route if I could just gut it out that far.

In the end, that's exactly what I did.  Took a brief pit-stop, turned around, averaged 3mph quicker with the tailwind, and ended up back home after 37 miles in 2:20ish.  Well short of the goal but more than I used to ride when I'd feel this way so I don't think it's a total loss.  Now ...... tomorrow's rest day?  That will get an all-out effort from me.


Lesley @ said...

5k's at full-on race pace make me useless the next day... more useless than after a half. Making it 37 miles seems pretty darn good.

Tri-James said...

What kind of training plan calls for hard intervals Friday night, all out 5k running efforts on Saturday and then a 3 ½ hour ride on Sunday? I think you failed before you got on the bike.

However, you had massive success making the decision to not beat yourself up and call it a day. That took real maturity to check the ego. Well done.

Tri4Success said...

Tri-James: This was my last hard weekend before taking it easy with the duathlon coming Sunday. Normally, I have no issues post-5k but I ran this one MUCH harder than usual. Not sure what possessed me. Well, actually I have a small clue what possessed me but that'll be in the race recap.