So as the title hints, it has been a tough week. Starting off with Saturday. Saturday is the usual IRC Lands-end / Waterfront loop. This is a hammer fest. SOOO much fun. But this day would be extra hard. 15min into the ride my cassette came loose, I jumped off the bike to hand tighten it. Meanwhile the pack rides away. The challenge was set. They were out of sight and I had to motivate myself to try and catch up. With some help from Andrew Russell driving by I got a bit of a boost from a draft. They were in sight about a km ahead. I worked so hard not gaining much. This would continue around lands end struggling to keep them in sight. Finally I caught up just outside of
So arriving at the Sunday Wheelers ride I was not too concerned as I was sure everyone was just as tired as I was from Saturday. Sadly I came to the realization that it was a totally different group of riders all ready to work hard. Oh dear… so I was struggling from the get go. Managed to hang in till the airport sprint. I got stung by a bee which kind of through me off but really it was the legs that gave in. It was going to be a long lonely ride so I took a short cut to jump back on but as they flew by I tried to jump in but it seemed I was destined to ride home alone so I was alone again. My legs were finished and I was struggling to keep my head up. “Awesome! I’m going to be so much stronger if I recover from this.”
Had a nice mental break as some fellow triathletes and I camped out on
So back to the tough stuff, it was
I gained a valuable lesson about the mind. Like in the photo to the Right I realized I must avoid Internalizing the pain.(looking down at the pain in your legs) You are bound to hurt but if you look 100meters ahead at the crest of the hill it arrives earlier and you don't realize how much pain you really are in. This is what got me through the final 3.5kms. He he so instead, look forward and put on an ugly face he he.
So I have been resting up well. Pulling all the recovery tricks to get ready for a fun weekend of racing down south. Should be fun but more on that later.
Ciao for now,
Listening to: Rod Stewart - Rhythm Of My Heart