Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Springin'

Currently, it is SUNNY!!!
And 54!!!
It's supposed to rain later. And I have track work to do. And I don't even care. I love that smell. And I'll gladly splash in puddles so long as I can wear shorts. And sweat. Outside.

This week will go down as my biggest yet if I can manage all the sessions. And it's only the first in this 3-week build. And I'm really excited about that! I feel great coming off that recovery week. That lethargic feeling has left and my legs feel fresh and I feel rested. Even if my core feels as though it's been through the ringer.

Saturday was a nice long ride with the boys. We got lost. Not a big deal for me since I didn't have anything going on later that day, but a couple of the guys actually had time constraints. And I think our leader may have actually had to sleep on the couch that night...Here are the guys. We stopped in a parking lot to determine our location. And how to return to our destination in a timely manner.  
After over five hours on the roads (and finally warming up), it was to the grocery for food. I swear, I spend more on food than I do on rent. Have I mentioned that before?

Anyway, I picked up Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness over the weekend and after eating, I put my legs up and got engrossed in reading about nutrition and it's importance for us athletes. I guess I finally got frustrated enough with starting out the training blocks all disciplined and eating well (and therefore feeling great) only to find myself eating ice cream and chocolate and pizza by the end...and feeling, well, tired. (i realize that tired isn't exclusively due to intake, but it does play a role. and a big one, i believe). It's very interesting. I also have Matt Fitzgerald's Racing Weight on the way.

Sunday morning was full of cleaning and catching up on things typically set aside (until the next recovery week) and a long-ish run and sunshine and warmth and a gym visit and core work and lying on the couch with the pup and just really relishing the weekend.

Because Monday started with Spinervals and developed into work meetings, a work lunch, more work, and then a work dinner. With lots of race car driving games, which was actually a lot of fun. And now, we're delving more into the fun side of training for the remainder of the week!

9 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Wasnt it great to finally get some biking done in Ohio!!

I hear you about the food, I am always hungry

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'll be anxious to hear what you think about those books...I've heard they're good ones!

Christi said...

I am so glad that you got some outdoor riding done! I did not get to do that this weekend but I am hoping that Sunday will be my day! Would you suggest Chris' and Matt's book for others?

The Sean said...

I should follow your example on the nutrition scene...

FYI- the word verification for this comment was 'carot'... do you believe in synchronicity?

Jon Gilchrist said...

glad you got to get out and enjoy some riding time outdoors...enjoy the run in the rain!

RockStarTri said...

I've read Fitzgerald's book and liked it a lot. I need to pick up the other and give it the once over.

I was hoping to ride outside this weekend but we are expecting "wrath of god" rain this weekend. Might have to sneak out this afternoon instead.....

Missy said...

To be outside again...what a treat. I'm taking my opportunities when I can get them for sure.

Sean in DC said...

Hey Amanda - I'm really interested in finding out what you think about those books and if there is any especially good stuff in them other than the usual jargon we read online and in magazines.

I loved to indulge the appetite in the thick of my training last year. I could justify it because I knew that no matter what I ate, I'd burn it off, and then some. I guess you could say I've also decided to set my sites a little higher this year and could use a few strategies.

Adam said...

Wow, how did I get so behind on your blog? Almost a week? Fail.

Anyway, I can only imagine that getting lost and needing to be back by a specific time would be REALLY nerve wracking. Nothing like a deadline to get a little race pace TT going!