03.31.10 — Recovery Ride

Type: Recovery Ride
Distance: 20.68 miles
Time: 60:31
TSS: 60.9
Average Watts: 174 watts
Average Heart Rate: 143 bpm
Total Work: 626 kJ

This was a ride that I needed. My legs were toasted after the last couple of days. My Saturday ride seems to be lurking somewhere deep down in my quads and when I want to put together a solid effort, it seems to just tell my muscle fibers not to contract. A ride like this one helps your muscles to recover and flush out all of the crap that lurks within.

Today is the last day of the month too. I looks like I will be about 100 points short of a TSS of 4,000 for the month. Man curse that Giardia — it robbed me of two days of workouts, which means I would have easily met my goal for the month. Overall, it really isn’t that big deal. My personality is such that goal achievement is important to me. I am one of those people who can focus on a goal and really doesn’t realize there is life going on around them. That isn’t always a good thing, so you have to be careful of what goals you set and how that impacts your priorities. Here is the graph from today:

I did get a 7.0 mile run last night on the treadmill. I felt really good during the run. I spent mile 6 at a 2.0 incline and mile 7 at a 4.0 incline. Both miles were tough, but Ironman St. George has some good uphills as part of the marathon. I focused on really using my hip flexors and picking up my legs instead of just shuffling them along. I am hoping that helps me in the late stages of the run.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...