Sunday, March 25, 2007

Training Week - 3/19 to 3/25

Could barely pedal for the first half of the week. Accumulated fatigue; would be easy to claim being overtrained... but, like Floyd supposedly said, it's really that I'm undertrained, and thus can't handle the load... gotta train harder.

Number of rides: 5
Riding time: 13 hrs
Time in mid/high aerobic zone: 6 hrs
Best ride of the week: from a training perspective, it's Orosi hands down (see prior post). But for pure enjoyment and mental health, I have to say today's Figueroa-loop ride with Gina, Steve, and Gary was perfect! (See pics below)
Other: played some baseball and pulled some weeds (hey, that made my hamstrings really sore, so it must be exercise!)
Notes:
- I had originally planned to do the LA Circus race today (45+ and p/1/2) but felt too knackered after Saturday. Plus, Gina wanted to do the Figueroa loop--more climbing than anything she's ever attempted--and I wanted to be there to support her like a good husband should. So we packed up the bikes and headed to Los Olivos for a (gulp!) 7:00 start. Steve Miley and Gary Maxwell joined us. None of them had done this ride before, and they weren't sure what to expect. Nor was I sure how it would go; I humped in extra bottles and food just in case. It turned out to be a spectacular ride, with abundant sunshine above the fog layer and brilliant gold and blue wild flowers in bloom. I have to say, it was delightfully rejuvenating to ride with non-racer-type people for a day, and I highly recommend it for occasional therapy!


Gina reaching the top.



Steve making it too.



Gary was waiting for us.



The Poppies and Lupine at the top of Figueroa!

2 comments:

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

excellent.

ah ... refreshing just reading about it. 'cuz i think yer nutz to find figueroa so.

but, that wife looks like she's having a good time ... so, i reckon that's what you mean.


too cool.

Marco Fanelli said...

Yes, she enjoyed this adventure. We're gonna do lots more bike rides together.