It seemed like I did NOTHING but sleep, eat and stretch.
I'm new to all of this endurance sports stuff and each experience is a huge learning experience. While I've trained for three bike events, this was the one I trained for the best. As such, the taper was painful and unexpected. I hurt from head to toe for 10 days. I'm so glad that's done.
I haven't yet gotten on the scale since last weekend, and I'm not looking forward to the message reading:
That said, I still managed to compile 506 total miles, but just 35 miles running. I didn't want to risk a stupid injury running with a bike race coming up. In April, I had my two best bike rides ever. One was a solo 75 mile ride where I averaged 20.7 mph, even with traffic lights and other junk. The second was Saturday's race. The average speed wasn't that great, especially for riding in a group, 22 mph, but I had POWER that I never felt before. That was exciting.
I won't be training for anything until mid-August, so I plan on doing some great base building over the next three months. Diet, body composition, some swimming and so on. It is so weird that losing weight while training for a big event isn't easy. I did manage to drop about 10 pounds from the beginning of February until, well, just before the tapering. While I had a great race Saturday, you can read about it here if you missed it, I feel guilty. I like piling up miles and doing lots of pushups and pullups and so on. The past two weeks of the taper were so easy, so sedentary, I just feel ... ick.
I'll be making up for that in May. Here's my list of things to do for the month:
- 150 Miles Running: Feed the Beast To join me in the challenge, held on daily mile, click here.
- Drop 15 pounds (Will weigh in on 5/1)
- Climb Mt. Wrightson (9,800 ft. mountain that dominates the local landscape...never climbed it)
- Complete the inaugural Nogales Bicycle Classic, finish in under 2:45
- 6500 pushups
- 1300 pullups
- Daily Ab Exercise (6 days a week)
Anyhow, I hope those of you that are healthy, stay so, and those that are nursing injuries recover quickly. That said, I have this to say: May, bring it!