Always a war zone on the weekends...
It's the weekend.. anytime between 11am- 3pm is usually the worst...clipless pedals vs. cages. Computers on stem vs. map clips...it's cyclist vs. tourist! This can't be good and it's not- the war zone that every local cyclist has to fight through to get back in the city or get back to Marin after a bike ride. Don't get me wrong, the city loves tourists and I enjoy sharing my city with them because it is a fabulous one but when they invade my weekend playground with ignorant bliss where that bliss can cause bodily harm to my beloved bike (and me)... I get extremely agro! This weekend for instance..I yelled more than I ever did while crossing the bridge to finish my training ride. Conditions did not help as it was windy and foggy. Tourists on bikes were either pedaling so slow that you'd think they fall over or they were riding two abreast and you don't ride two abreast on the bridge at bike traffic prime! They're either riding in their ignorant bliss or in deer in headlights worry looking at oncoming bike traffic (which is not a good idea)! "LEFT!" did not even do my bridge war justice! With screams of "Left!" I added yesterday, "MOVE!" "STOP!" "HEY!" and lastly "you guys HAVE TO stay on ONE side!"
I don't know if bike rental companies give a safety speech to folks with the intention of crossing the bridge but they should! And tourist riders, all we locals ask of you is to ride safely out there and pay attention to your surroundings. Believe me when I say that cyclists are more nervous about you than you are of them!
So my proposition for the Golden Gate Bridge...make the rental bikers take the East side with the other tourists!!
Other than that, a good week of training with Thursday pain cave kicking my @ss! Heart rate hit 186- OUCH! 5 minute intervals with 2 minutes at T1 and 3 minutes at 2 mph over base, 3 mph over, 4 mph over, 5 mph over, AND 6 (wtf) mph over- after that interval, I had to collect myself before clipping out to feed the meters- phew!
Lastly, GOODLUCK to all racing next Sunday- IM Canada and IM Loo!! I'll be tracking and rooting for all of you!
Swim- 4 hours and 20 minutes
Bike- 7 hours and 4 minutes
Run- 1 hour and 15 minutes
Total workout- 12 hours and 39 minutes