I had one more opportunity to meet my goal of hitting 85 miles on my long 4.5 hour Saturday ride, and I failed, ignominiously, I might add. I made it down to the Silver Comet Trail with every intention of giving it my all, but I guess my all just wasn’t good enough.
It was still pretty cold as I pulled out of the trail head, a little warmer than last time, but way colder than I am used too. I fully expected to stop on the way back and remove the tights and the arm warmers. At my first check point, I was not any further ahead than my normal Saturday rides, and this was to prove true the rest of the way out as well. I really didn’t even push myself out past the tunnel at the 31 mile marker. It’s all downhill into Rockmart, and I just don’t want to get too far ahead of myself and be “late” coming back.
There’s a part of me that is a huge digits person, and I struggle with balancing the needs of the workout with my needs to justify the numbers. That’s why I decided to turn around at the 39.565 mark, when my two hours and fifteen minutes were up. On this day, following the plan was more important than reaching some trumped up goal or mile marker.
On the way back, I passed the last check point five minutes behind schedule. I kicked it in and managed to recover four of those minutes by the time I reached the trail head. My ego just would not have been able to handle a positive split AND not reaching my 85 mile goal. There’s always some silver lining somewhere :-) I’ve always thought of the Silver Comet Trail as being primarily flat, with the notable exception of the long downhill/uphill outside of Rockmart. I was somewhat surprised to see that there was over 3000 feet of climbing on my 80 mile route, and that too has to be good for something!
Sunday morning, I was up bright and early for my second ride of the weekend. I thought the Bud Plant 48 would be a nice ride, and the hills would make me work a little harder than I wanted to. The temperatures were much much more comfortable for this ride, than my last ride in the evening on Aerowyn. I did the same 48 mile loop as last time, but I did it 4 minutes faster and with an average heart rate 12 beats less. Not sure what to make of that, but either the new bike is a better ride, or I was in better shape this time. I’m thinking it may be a little bit of both.
My two adult soccer matches Sunday night just about did me in. I slept in until 8:30 AM on Monday, and I woke up feeling groggy, and my head was full of cotton. I decided to just take the day off. By Monday night, the headache had returned in time for Matthew’s soccer match. I’ve been working hard to control this with proper nutrition and ibuprofen. Now is not the time to get sick. I wasn’t able to fall back asleep this morning after Dee Dee left for work. There’s just so much to do. Once my mind is awake, it refuses to go back to sleep.
OK. Enough whinage. My focus this week is on my health, my long run on Wednesday, and my race simulation on Saturday. Four weeks and counting.