You have now entered the No Training Zone. For the next several months, not a word will be uttered of heart rate zones, structured workouts, or bricks. There will be no racing, no taper, no recovery weeks. No Garmin data, no swimming sets, no hill repeats.
There will be exercise and cycling, and swimming and weights, and core body workouts. But they will only occur when I damn well please. And for as long as I feel like. If I want to go out and ride 150 miles, I'll do it. If I want to ride 12 miles and make that ride take all day, I will do it.
I'm glad we all got that straight
Today I had a wonderful 50 mile bike ride with the Shaker Cycling group. I was the token woman again. Why aren't more women into cycling? (Discuss amongst yourselves. I'm baffled by this). But it was a great ride. I love going out with them. It's such a nice group of people and I'm really pushed hard, since I'm definitely one of the weakest cyclists who shows up. For the first 2 hours I hang on for dear life at the end of the paceline, little legs flailing, lucky to get a sip or two of gatorade between hills. For being 13 days out from IM, I'm feeling remarkably recovered, though. The only real weak point was climbing out of the valley. I got dropped in a major way. A little bit of a reality check, but I'm a bit amazed I held on to the group as long as I did. I hope I can ride with them every once in awhile after school starts. It's a great fitness boost every Saturday!
Tomorrow I'm going out on a smell the roses Sunday tour of Chagrin Falls. Average speed 13-14 miles per hour with breakfast at the end. What a nice change of pace that will be!
Then for the rest of the week... who knows! Whatever comes up I guess. But whatever I do, I won't call it training.