Today I just finished my last big BRICK (bike then run) workout of the training season! The recent cool down made for a comfortable ride. I rode with the OBS Sunday Starbucks ride today. Most of the group rides downtown to Starbucks and then back to Stars and Stripes Park. A few of us ride on to the Boathouse, Overholser and back to Hefner. I have always chosen the longer route for a great 2 hour training ride! I am thankful things went well today because I have not felt fast or comfortable since I got refitted which brings me to an important note...
DON'T GET REFITTED ON YOUR BIKE 3 WEEKS AWAY FROM A BIG RACE!
3 weeks ago Steve Schlegel saw me riding Clark Kent around Lake Hefner and said I should come in to get fitted properly. I have never done a formal fitting for this bike so I went in and Aaron helped me out and even set me up with a new Adamo Race Saddle to demo. After a few rides I did not like the new fit at all. I went back in and Aaron stretched me back out and made the fit resemble what I started with. Coach Ryan says it takes 3-4 weeks for your muscles to get used to a new bike fit. Since I trained all summer the old way I should have left it but by the grace of God, I think Superman and I are back to our speedy selves again. Thankfully I enjoy my new fit but I am not sold on the saddle yet. TRI shorts have less padding than bike shorts and therefore are not as pleasant for long rides. The reason for the minimal padding is swimming. If I swam in bike shorts I would have a "wet diaper" feeling for the rest of the race! Thanks to Schlegel for letting me borrow the saddle until the Redman is over!
One week ago my triathlon buddy, Janna and I did the OBS Streak. The Streak started in Mitch Park. We had a record low of 50 degrees that morning so it was a bit chilly for the first hour or so! We had LOTS of hills to quickly warm us up! It could have been the extreme hills or the new fit but I did not feel very fast during the ride. The slow down made me a bit discouraged however I picked up the pace around mile 50 when we reached a patch of flat ground! I would highly recommend this ride to any cyclists. The water stops were stocked and full of smiling volunteers! We love our volunteers!
Usually after a big ride I hit up the pasta lunch but this TRI girl had to keep working out. Besides the Chicago Triathlon, this may have been one of my biggest workouts of the training season! I cycled 63 hilly miles and then ran for 6 miles around Mitch Park. Whew! What a day! But I felt strong on the run which boosted my spirits a bit.
Thursday a powerful upper level storm system moved over Oklahoma and Texas bringing in clouds, rain and unseasonably cool temperatures. Being a Chicago girl, I love the cooler temps! However, I must say that this weather made me want to stay inside, eat, sleep and not train. I had to muster up some motivation to get my butt going.
Riding in the Rain
|My workout cheat sheet! (Or cheat hand?)|
|Yeah, I made that! Watch out, Rachel Ray.|
Running in the Cold
MADE ME FEEL LIKE AN ALL STAR compared to running in the heat. I hope it's cool on Saturday. Right now it's looking great with highs in the low to mid-70s. Let's hope it stays that way! I'll keep you posted.
Best Part of Training
So this is my favorite part of training. I not only start tapering...but start CARB LOADING! Baguettes of OKC...your days are numbered. I am coming to eat you! Also, I do not know if Lucky Charms count for carb loading but I just ate 5 bowls for dinner. Oops.
I apologize for the random nature of this post. Stay tuned for more details on the Redman including information on how to volunteer and of course, the forecast! Have a great week!