07.19.2010 — I’m Back…

Type: First Time Back in the Saddle
Distance: 20.05 miles
Time: 1:12:06
TSS: 88.3
Average Watts: 169 watts
Normative Power: 193 watts
Average Heart Rate: 169
Total Work: 729
Average Speed: 17.8 mph

Yes, yes, yes I know I have been MIA for about a month. I write grants for school districts and the main project we work on was due today. What that means is I swore off the bike for about a month and exchanged it for 120 hour weeks. No kidding. We ended up submitting with about 20 school districts across the country and I am one happy camper.

Needless to say, you lose some fitness when you are sitting at a desk for 20 hours a day, eating crap, with the only workout being the one you get with your fingers punching the keyboard. I lost some serious fitness and found some fat that I had put somewhere else for my Ironman. The bottom line: Ironman weight was 168 lbs. and today I stepped on the scale at 185 lbs. That was only like six weeks ago. Ouch.

I want to do a couple of serious single stage bike races at the end of July and August and I have to admit they are both in question right now. I have a century I am doing with some college buddies (old Dirty Curty, Scooter, and Big Head Todd for those of you keeping track) that I am super excited to do.

So I jumped on my Cervelo R3SL (oops, forgot to tell you people about the sweet new ride – I will post pictures later) and ouch, I am just not at the same fitness level as I was. I don’t have a ton of time to go into details, but I will tomorrow. Using my WKO+ software I can tell you people just how out of shape I got…Here are the details from today:

It is good to be back..the only thing I missed almost as much as my family was my bike. Ahh

And how about Contador’s move on Schleck today? That was some sportsmanship for you!

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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...