Though I’ve had the PowerTap on my bike for about a month, today was essentially Day 1 of power training. My bike test last week showed that I’m pushing more on the bike than I did back in January and I got a whole new set of HR zones to go along with that. It also set our baseline power zones to work from.
Today’s instructions were to do this ride ON THE TRAINER.
But finally it’s so beautiful out (unlike Monday, where I ran my 11.5 miles at 4:30 am before it got hot…) and a nice ride in the valley would hit the spot…
No buts. I follow my instructions. Probably a good thing since the main set today was 2 x 12 minutes in my biggest gears holding the power above a certain wattage.
With the kind of invites I issue, it’s amazing I still have friends…
“Hey, wanna come videotape me swimming?”
“I have to do 3 hours of hilly riding Friday – you up for it?”
This time, Jenn got “I have to do a hard workout on the trainer – want to come over and ride your trainer next to me while I do it?”
Amazingly, she always says yes. That’s what I like about her :) I still don’t understand how we didn’t hang out more in high school. Probably her crazy swim training schedule and the way she sleep-walked her way through 4 years of school.
If I was going to have to make painful intervals on the trainer, I was going to add atmosphere at least! I set up in the driveway instead of the dark garage (note: we did move the trainers to the shade halfway through the ride when we started baking in the sun) and we even had music (via iPod and speakers).
I owe Jenn a huge thanks for keeping me distracted while plowing through the workout. There were a few moments where I wasn’t doing a good job holding up my end of the conversation and she filled in nicely.
I get a little rest for the body tomorrow and then I’ve got an OW swim, a short transition run, and bucketloads of riding to fit in this holiday weekend. With all this riding…I may have some trouble sitting down by the end of Sunday!