Finally by Friday my legs were fully recovered just in time for this weekend, which I just shredded my legs AGAIN! haha!
The weather has been getting consistently warmer, which meant I got outside yesterday on the bike for 2:15:00. This ride was more than a physical challenge, it was a gigantic mental Band-Aid. Usually my first long outside ride of the season is a torture-fest. This ride was NOT. This was a seamless transition from 6 weeks of indoor riding to the outside.
I had ZERO sit bone issues and the legs responded well when climbing hills, which is usually the toughest part. The only thing that sucked about the ride was @ 38 degrees and windy my feet were solid frozen chunks of concrete. Not sure if I have ever felt my feet that cold before!
After the ride I did a 30 min brick run. With totally frozen feet, it felt like I was running on stubs! There was ZERO feeling in my feet. Of course as they thawed out as I ran, that burning defrost feeling kicked in. Talk about PAINFUL!!! haha! Good run though, I knocked off 3.75 miles in 30 mins flat for an 8:00/mile pace.
Now this morning's run would be the telltale sign of how much I recovered through the week and if yesterdays ride and run did any damage; it didn't do much, fortunately, so I had a solid 90 min run this morning. Here is the Garmin data if you wanna check it out.
The run was broken up into 4 parts:
Run 30 mins @ HR 140-150 bpm
Run 30 mins @ HR 150-160 bpm
Run 20 mins @ HR 160-170 bpm
Run 10 mins cool down.
So it was not only run for 90 mins, but get faster as the run goes on. Here are my splits:
Split 1: 3.52 miles, 8:31 pace
Split 2: 3.73 miles, 8:02 pace
Split 3: 2.68 miles, 7:27 pace
Split 4: 1.13 miles, 8:51 pace
11.06 miles / 8:08 pace
The first 60 mins weren't too bad. I set my Garmin up to yell at me if I went under or above my prescribed zones. The 20 mins @ 160-170 bpm was tough. Not only was I getting tired, but I was really hitting the gas @ this point. My legs were SCREAMING @ me! When I hit the 10 min cool down, my legs were beat up putty. I felt like my bones had disintegrated!
So I have a feeling this is going to be another week of recovering from the weekend just in time to shatter myself next weekend. Hope you had a great weekend!
|My dad sent me this. I thought it was pretty funny!|