I’ve been a bit at a loss for blogging recently. Life continues as normal — well, as normal as 15-20 hours per week of training allows — and work has actually been busy, so I generally have to restrict this to my limited evening hours. In any case, here goes.
1. DC — for whatever reason — decided this week that it was sorry it skipped spring. I can’t complain: cooler temps to walk to work (so I don’t show up a sweaty mess), run/ride (so I don’t require 23927492 bottles of water along the way) and just generally enjoy being outside instead of trying to minimize time spent away from the A/C. However, this means afternoon storms (well, storms in general) and the need for arm warmers on my morning rides. Really? Arm warmers??? But spring in DC is glorious, so I’ll savor this foolishness for as long as it lasts.
2. Triathlete posted an interesting article yesterday about training indoors (on the bike, that is) and how pro athletes have gotten great results from doing only a few long rides on the road. When you break it down, they’re basically saying that quality trumps quantity. Here are my thoughts on this…
First, I hate hate HATE the trainer. In case you forgot, I tempted fate by putting mine away after a day of beautiful weather back in March. It snowed the next week. Sorry, everyone. My bad. I get so bored — even if I’ve got hours and hours of pro cycling or IM to watch on TV — and never feel like I can get up to the right intensity. Plus, I like climbing hills.
Second, all these pros have Computrainers. So they can ride race courses and do very specific training. I plan to check out the IMWI course on the Computrainer before September, but I don’t have one set up in my tiny apartment.
Third, trainer sessions, more so than road rides, require company. I did a 10-week program with fellow triathletes back in Jan/Feb, and I rarely worked as hard at the solo Wednesday session in my room as I did on Saturdays with the group. It’s hard to get motivated when you’re not faced with tough hills on the road or someone judging your intensity on the trainer next to you.
Last — I’ve seen more improvement on the bike since I started doing tough hill workouts than anything ever. So while it’s nice out and I can, I’ll stick to the road. But I also won’t be afraid to pull out the CycleOps in nasty weather (summer storms, for example) in lieu of skipping my workout entirely.
3. I have a recovery week next week. Well, until Total 200 on Saturday. But you better believe I’m gonna take advantage of the easy workouts on the schedule M-F and then take a rest day on Sunday. I haven’t actually had a true recovery since I started my IM plan (what, there were fun group workouts I didn’t want to miss!) but I’ve become more and more aware of my body’s need for rest — in terms of sleep, lower intensity and thoughtful refueling/recovery. Yes, I’m so smart.
So — what do you think about this whole indoor riding phenomenon? Yay or nay?