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Cycling, Recovery, Training

Three Things Thursday: TDF and More

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.

Credit: Graham Watson via VeloNews

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:

Right on.

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.

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9 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday: TDF and More

  1. Nice job on the track!

    Not sure who I want to win the Tour. I do want someone on Garmin Cervelo to take the Green Jersey.

    Posted by Jon | July 7, 2011, 9:27 AM
  2. I ❤ all of these things! I wish I had versus, I love watching the tour but right now I have no cable or home computer. Its a very sad July.

    Congrats on your awesome run, and Sunday rest day is GENIUS!

    Posted by Beth | July 7, 2011, 9:43 AM
  3. Completely with you in how TDF is my super bowl, nba finals, and stanley cup finals all rolled into one. I love the live coverage in the morning, but getting time to watch it, while working, training, and not staying up till midnight is very tough! I had to skip yesterday’s coverage because of my mom’s birthday and tonight’s will probably be partially skipped due to group ride, what am I going to do! 😉

    Awesome track work! That is very impressive!

    Posted by Lisa | July 7, 2011, 10:18 AM
  4. I love those graphs – great workout! Reviewing data like that is so much fun!

    Posted by amy | July 7, 2011, 10:55 AM
  5. I adore the TdF — I’m not quite sure what I think of Cavendish. He’s amazing, but the fact that he’s so cocky sometimes annoys me.

    Posted by Cris | July 7, 2011, 11:25 AM
  6. solid track work. teach me, obiwan.

    Posted by katie | July 7, 2011, 11:56 AM
  7. I love having Sunday as a rest day or an easy cross training day. I think it makes a huge difference (for me at least) to have one day during the week where I don’t have to set an alarm. If you can do your long runs on Fridays then I would definitely recommend you do it!

    Posted by Allison | July 7, 2011, 2:16 PM
  8. I only caught a few NHL playoff games, completely missed the NBA playoffs, half watched the Super Bowl, never watch soccer, but I have not missed a single stage of the tour yet. And I don’t plan on it.

    Awesome track workout! I can’t bring myself to hit the track so I generally end up doing my speed work on the road using the Workout feature on my Garmin. It can be a little more challenging with stoplights, traffic, etc, but the track drives me crazy.

    Posted by Kevin | July 7, 2011, 11:29 PM
  9. Woohoo, you go girl! I hate this humidity, but I love me some track workouts and some Tour De France!!

    Posted by Erin @ untilyoutri | July 10, 2011, 12:29 PM

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