Despite feeling terrible – I got out for a short ride with Soda, Westie and Rich Steele. We did a quick loop from Tiburon to Muir Beach, up highway 1 to Stinson and up and over Mt. Tam. Once again I’m grateful for the new Power Tap I’ve got to help me measure out my wattage. The goal for the next 8 weeks is to ride 210-250w and no more than 270 on the hills (a bit tougher but doable). There used to be a lot of times where I’d climb a hill, push over the top at a HR level and then onto the downhill or flats – but with power as soon as the pavement changes grade – so does wattage and I’m constantly having to pedal a lot more than I used to in order to maintain the appropriate wattage.
Yesterday I was not feeling great but since my cold wasn’t in my chest and because I needed to burn some calories – I still rode. It was a perfect day – cool but not a since cloud in sight and I don’t recall seeing more than a dozen cars in about 2 hours.
Below is the elevation chart. Had I also charted the complaints from the group it would look similar.
I avg. 234w on the ride which felt pretty good. I’ll be excited for the days when my coach says to push 300-350 on the climbs – but am happy to build strength over the next few weeks. You can see the climbs and HOW WE STOPPED TO WAIT FOR THE 2 VERTICALLY CHALLENGE ATHELETEs like 4 times. But it’s early season and I wasn’t too high strung for once to care. I could definitely stand to get my Lean1 program going again to help with the climbing.
If you watched the Ironman yesteday – you’ll see that Macca dropepd out. He had a cable break – something that has never happened to him and a picture from the finish line last night from Macca’s agent Scott Fairchild. Like Ian, I too have put my name into the 2009 Hawaii Ironman lottery. No idea if it will happen but if Ian and I were to both get it – it would be pretty amazing for both of us to be there with our families.