This last week has been an awesome chunk of training. I had been itching to get back out there after the Osoyoos 1/2, but knew from experience that I had to take a couple of easy days and just do recovery type workouts. I started things off with another hike up Turtle Mountain with Jake on Saturday. Then, for my long run on Sunday, I drove my mountain bike up to this path, and then ran up and down steep hills for about 75 minutes. Ummm -- I should say these were mountain sides I ran up. The great thing about this, is that when I came back onto the road the "hills" there looked so puny!!! I had just ran up these steep dirt paths and the undulating road hills were nothing in comparison -- It's all mental isn't it?
Plus, I am learning to run on tired legs -- really tired and sore legs!! And you know what -- it's not such a big deal anymore!! My legs are so much stronger and I've noticed they don't take as long to recover.
I did two major bike rides this week -- Tuesday was 150 km in 5 hours, yesterday was 158km in 6 hours and then a 20 minute run. I incorporated Tuesday's tempo workout into my overall ride, then hustled down to the lake for a 30 minute swim. Wednesday was a 40 minute run in the hilly trails, then a killer strength workout with Charmaine followed by a grueling swimming session with her. So, I was excited to see what I had left in the tank for Thursday. I was pretty pooped when I got home and conked out in the middle of doing laundry. :) :) :)
Even though I was tired I felt sooooooooo good!! I remember last year, and how riding that much was such a big deal -- now it's not such a big deal anymore!! I love seeing how my fitness improves and I love feeling my strength increase!!! More than ever, I am learning just how much mental training is involved -- so often I place limitations on myself -- sometimes without realizing it, only to discover that they are holding me back physically -- WOW!
That's what I love about this sport -- I keep learning something new just about everyday!! :) :):)