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!)
- 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!


Olaf Vanderhoot said...


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.