Recovery week that ended with an @ss whipping Sunday!
Yes, it was recovery week which meant shorter workouts with lower intensity! I milked recovery week for all it's worth..saw my friends more than normal in the week..had a normal (some what) social life! Spring team victory party at Holy Cow, brunch, BBQs, girl's night in, good times! But in between all that was a 60 miler in the East Bay covering Morgan Territory and Mt. Diablo!
I woke up on Sunday morning feeling my quads from my 10 miles run the previous day. Regardless, I mixed up my nutrition bottles, racked my bike on my car and headed to Renee's to pick her up! The team gathered at Heather's Farm to set out for our ride and the moment I clipped into my pedals, my quads told me that it was going to be a very tough one out there and a tough one it was!
Our route was a 60 -70 mile loop depended on whether you were going to climb up to the summit of Mt. Diablo or "just" to the Junction. After the Morgan Territory climb, I was already in a dire mood of no return. My body was hurting and mentally, I was just not all there. AND to add to my dark day, Mr. Squirrel decided to attempt suicide while I was descending at 30+ mph by sprinting across the road right in front of me! Good thing he sprinted fast enough! At mile 25, the Chevron stop, some of the ladies and I contemplated on taking a short cut and skip Mt. Diablo all together but we decided to suck it up and just do it. Coach Dave said, "the only thing separating you and your car is that mountain (Mt. Diablo)!" That did not make me feel any better!
After we filled up our bottles at the Chevron, we road towards the mountain. As we're approaching, everyone kept asking how long we were climbing for? "6.5 miles" said Coach Dave. Great! I thought. The climb and the miles we had covered thus far was difficult and if Dave hadn't been there with us, I might have just gotten off my bike and sat on the side of the road crying! I was hurting..physically and mentally- I don't think I've ever felt that type of difficulty..but at the end of the day and after 4800 feet of climbing..I pulled through and was more than glad to see my car!
Teammate Brian came over to my car after my ride to ask how it went and I completely unloaded all my thoughts on him! Oppsy..sorry Brian but you were the first one I talked to right after the ride. Thanks for listening though :)!
Swim- 1 hour and 13 minutes
Bike- 6 hours and 40 minutes
Run- 2 hours and 0 minutes
Total Workout- 9 hours and 53 minutes