I love long weekends because guess what? It’s already Thursday!
1. The Tour de France is well underway, and it’s absolutely the reason that July is the best month of the year. I have so many hours of cycling on my DVR to keep me occupied for days, and I know every night when I get home that there’s an exciting new stage waiting for me. The bad news is I don’t have time to watch every night and still get all my training in, but I am keeping up with livestreams in the morning and reading all the analysis on VeloNews after each stage ends. The race is particularly exciting this year because I’ve followed cycling pretty closely all season — I’ve watched most of every major race on the pro circuit — and know the teams and riders well. I’m a big Garmin-Cervelo fan, have a huge athlete crush on Fabian Cancellara and wouldn’t mind seeing Andy Schleck pull out a win. But mainly I just love the excitement of the team time trial, the peloton’s crash-happy craziness, the complex tactics and sick finishes like Cavendish’s Stage 5 win — in which he came out of absolutely NOWHERE to just burn everyone else racing to the line.
Can you tell I love this? The Tour is my World Cup, Super Bowl and NBA Finals all rolled into one.
2. I’m back and kicking butt at track. The humidity today was suffocating, but I was super proud of my performance — not because of my speed, but because of my consistency and execution. For 8-min LT intervals, this is EXACTLY what my HR and pace are supposed to look like:
3. Every week from here on out has a built-in rest day. Usually it’s Thursday or Friday, and after this weekend I absolutely understand the importance of actually using that time to recover (not go lift or do a casual ride because my friends are or cram in another hill workout just because I think I need it). That said, I think my new strategy is to switch my rest day to Sunday and do my long run on Friday morning or evening. This is possible because I work from home on Fridays and can get up to 3hrs on the road before I have to get my day going without the pressure of showering/getting dressed/commuting to the office. Thursdays usually are a light day after tough Wednesday night track, and my long rides still will take place on Saturday. This means I have a whole weekend day completely off so I can sleep in, lay out by the pool, read, run errands, etc. — all those things normal people do that I never have time for. Win, win, win.