Saturday, September 4, 2010

Plateau

I suppose it is too much to expect constant improvement in all 3 sports, though I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of that in the past couple years.  I still see my swim and run getting stronger and stronger, but I feel like my bike has plateau-ed this summer.  Not that I can’t hold better and better paces over distance than I could before – and perhaps more importantly run better and better off the bike – but my power numbers in my bike tests just haven’t gone up by huge amounts.  I try to cling to the idea that I’m still in the years of muscular development when it comes to cycling – since I only started riding 3 years ago (and riding seriously in the last 2 years), I still have room to improve, I hope.  It’s just hard when I see most people are significantly faster cyclists than I am.

Anyway, today’s bike test was…interesting.  About 5 minutes into the test portion, I was on the verge of puking and overheated and failing badly.  So I popped the bike off the trainer and hit the roads for the remainder, where my power numbers were much better.  I probably would have shown a slight improvement over my last test if I’d done the whole thing on the roads.  *sigh*  On the positive side, my run off the bike was super fast and strong.  There’s a sport I know how to do properly!  Onward…

Exciting mail deliver today from Recovery Sock!  I’m looking forward to wearing their products for my recovery.

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A range of colors, because you know how matchy-matchy I have to be (remember my hot pink pair from last year?).

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All sorts of goodies are starting to roll in for the charity ride and take over my dining room table.  We’ve been lucky to get such wonderful sponsors!  Now we really need more people to sign up…

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Time for some house cleaning and relaxing!

7 comments:

Jennifer Harrison said...

LMM! LOVE THE Recovery SOCKS (of course!) - enjoy them! :)) I was sporting Lime Green the other day -- soooo rare for me not to be in pink!

And, yes...the constant improvement and PRs and stuff is so addicting, but we all go thru Plateaus...and that is ok...you will eventually breakthrough again! :)

Meredith said...

Did you get any of their running socks as well? Let me know how you like them, I have three pairs but I'm always on the lookout for new ones.

jennabul said...

Those larger quads will help you out soon on those power tests. Hang in there and great job on the run. I love all the socks, of course.

E.L.F. said...

The better you get, the harder you have to work for smaller improvements. As you are getting faster, gone are the days of dropping 5 seconds per 100 or even adding 10 watts. Now we bust your butt for 1 seconds of just a few watts. It's the price of getting good :)

Jennifer said...

Would love to hear how the recovery socks work out, keep us posted! And keep up with the bike workouts- you will get faster, I am having the same issue with my running, besides being sidelined for a bit, I feel as if I have hit my top level, which isn't very high...

ADC said...

This is such an interesting post to which I can totally relate. But I hope we both get our new breakthroughs again.

Midwestern Dot said...

I'm excited to see how the charity ride is shaping up. I know you're working your butt off on it and I wish I could be there!

I don't think I've ever seen socks that pink before! You'll look good rocking those!