Once our crazy summer travel stopped, I got into base training. It has been 20-25 hours a week of riding, plus swimming, a little running, some strength, and a dab of yoga. The fact that this feels normal combined with the fact that this is just the BASE phase is terrifiying.
I try not to think about it though....and just take it one day/week/session at a time.
I have found some serious motivation in a few ways lately.
1. Supporting others.
SO many people have supported me in my goals, and I feel SO lucky that I have had the chance to support them.
My awesome husband qualified for Kona. It has been tough mentally for him to hop back into yet another IM training cycle. I have become "Kona Crew" or KC--which we thought was fitting! I am joining him in the pool every time I can. We are doing lots of sets and we take turns drafting on each other. It keeps the energy level and effort really high. We are trying to turn him into a fish for this part of the race:
We have also gone out of our way to do lots of cycling events in different places to keep his spirits high by riding lots of new roads. I am so very proud of him and excited to see him race in October!
She is riding in to the distance. I was sending her strong leg vibes ALL day Sunday!
2. Riding in events to keep it fresh
George and I have ridden in a few events lately. I think that new roads, new people, and new challenges keep riding exciting.
- We started this series with a 100 mile ride with Laura before her IM. She chose the roads, and we were just along for a ride! It was a great day!
- Covington Century came next. It was a fast and easy course. I enjoyed the people and theroads. The support on course was mediocre, the markings were tough to read, and it poured rain on us. I did get to see lots of wonderful people like Tom, Collen, and Steve though!
- Then we went to the Chattooga Century. George did the 200k, which I had intended to do, but I got multiple flats, so I just rode the century to save some time! This was very well supported and they had great aid stations. I would recommend this ride to anyone!
- Last weekend, we took an impulsive trip up to Asheville for the Blue Ridge Breakaway. It is a 105 mile climb with 10,000ft of climbing. It was an exceptional ride! Beautiful, hard, well supported, and chip timed! George was the first rider in, and even though I lost about an hour to chattting at aid stations and eating oreos, I was still the third woman. Next time I am timed, I might speed it up a little :-) This was an exceptional weekend riding, running, and eating delicious food, and generally soaking in the happiness which is the mountains!
3. Planning the next adventures!
As soon as we left Asheville, I started planning our return to Asheville! Planning the next adventure keeps me excited about having rides that are 6+ hours on my schedule. In the next couple of months we will be taking a tour of southern centuries! Will you be at any of these? Wanna ride with me!?
There might be a few more, but this is what is currently on my google calendar!