Tuesday, June 08, 2010

smarter, but not smart enough

I am no stranger to being blown out. It's happened many times throughout my days trying to juggle bike racing with life and other interests. I have never been fast enough to justify giving all my time to cycling, but have never been slow enough to be purely recreational. And then there is the addiction...

So after a spring of rando races, ski traversing, playing catch up on the bike, and a lot of moving and house work I found myself in a physical pickle. Only this time I was just about smart enough to recognize it early and back off. I say just about smart enough because, ever the optimist I kept thinking a few days rest would do it and I would be back to racing. No dice. I even pulled the plug on a couple local races and am proud of myself for swallowing my pride and not digging the hole deeper. In hindsight it was obvious or from an outsider it was obvious, but for an addict it's never obvious.

Anyway, after some more substantial rest and a couple weeks of going to bed by 9pm I am back to training and feeling pretty good. Rosie did the Little Red 100 miler over the weekend so the girls and I went to Provo to hang out on the farm. Friday Rog and I ripped an hour of trail in the late evening and enjoyed some old and new terrain that took me back to the start of my cycling addictions. Saturday we rode the Alpine loop up the Sundance side where I put in 3 threshold efforts of 10, 8, and 6 minutes. This is one of my favorite tester workouts. Felt pretty good. After getting a Moonpie at the Alpine Chevron I headed back up the AF side for a steady just below threshold climb. 47:32 from the guard shack to the top. Felt solid in my third hour of riding. Recovered well and rode a bunch of Millcreek 1 track solo on Sunday evening including, up and down pipeline, Mt Aire (steep), and the pavement above elbow fork to the top. (snow just before the parking lot at Big/Little Water trail head)

I am learning that as I get older and life gets busier I need to scale back the quantity of racing and focus more on the quality. Pick some key events and prepare for them. Save some weekends for training and life catch up. Plan some cool events and coordinate them with family vacations. This recent bout of adrenal overload seems to have been just what I needed to help me keep the addiction in check.

I'm not out of the woods yet and any one that has dealt with fatigue knows it is easy to slip back into it's grasp. I need to take it easy for a while remembering I only have so many matches to burn. This week should help as I am in Florida for work without a bike which should provide a good recovery block after reintroducing some training stress last weekend. Will see...


Blogger Ski Bike Junkie said...

I was feeling all good about 55 and change and you go throw down a 47? Thanks for keeping my ego in check.

11:59 AM

Blogger Lynda Wallenfels said...

Nice post. It sure is annoying sometimes when the head says go-go and the body says easy. Runners usually injure themselves before they get to that point but us cyclists can drill down some deep systemic fatigue.

12:06 PM

Blogger Rick Sunderlage said...

Did you say 47? I need to sit down for a minute. I'm getting light headed. That is fast.

1:24 PM

Blogger Bart G said...

My ego gets put in check on a regular basis by Alex. Times are all relative. I have ridden the AF side with Burke multiple times and he has no problem putting minutes into me.

I still want to come to the Friday morning ride sometime, the scene seems cool and maye something Im missing. I love that climb, its where I cut my teeth so to speak.

1:37 PM

Blogger KanyonKris said...

Bart - that's not helping me feel better.

You can come to the ride, but you have to finish off the unclaimed fritters.

1:49 PM

Anonymous Grizzly Adam said...

I wish my tired was like your tired.

And you are always welcome on the Friday morning world cup circuit. But you'll be riding alone at that 47.5 pace. Nice work.

1:56 PM

Blogger Ben said...


If that's fatigue, I just need to stop riding now.

2:15 PM

Blogger s day @ sdayrunning.blogspot.com said...

B-- I've been meaning to ask you for Rosie's email address. I never get a chance to talk to her at the races and I just absolutely adore her! I always want to hang out and talk but only seem to see each other in passing. I think she's an amazing mom and I can use all the tips I can get... shoot Kday an email with her email or leave it in the comments of my blog. sdayrunning.blogspot.com

2:19 PM

Blogger Jared said...

Guess you'll be doing some running (barefoot) in Florida.

10:40 AM

Blogger Bart G said...

I felt good on the climb, not tired. Would not have been doing that kind of climb if I was still tired.

Did a 2hr walk last night, got in some good sweat training.

3:10 PM

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