After a good 6.5 mile run yesterday morning I could have called it good and not worried about getting in a bike ride, but my growing triathlon induced OCD had me monitoring the weather on a minute by minute basis all afternoon to see if the storms rolling through our area would part just long enough for me to get some hill work in.
Right at 5pm the clouds parted and my doubt changed to joy and I made a hasty exit to the local bicycle gathering spot. I wasn’t surprised to be the only one there and WAS actually surprised to see someone else show up. Actually, two someones. The first is a local triathlete who is doing a full ironman next week in Coeur d’Alene and is equally obsessively trying to get just one more workout in. The second was a girl I didn’t recognize and never got to meet. My time was short so I took off early and just met them on the hill.
This hill is short (about 1/3 mi) but steep (20-25% grade?) so if you push it you can go totally anaerobic at the top. The last time we did this hill I was only able to do one repeat in my big ring and then had to surrender to the small ring after that. I was determined to do more this time but knew that I was only going to be able to do 6 repeats or so before I had to leave. I was pretty happy when I ended up doing 2 1/2 repeats in the saddle in the big ring. Then 2 1/2 more out of saddle. I ended up only doing one in my small ring. I may not be getting faster, but I’m getting stronger. Working on the push/scrape/pull pedal stroke is also helping. My quads don’t burn out nearly as fast now and I feel like I have energy for the next hill. It has taken a while for my hammies to get used to the pull, but I do feel stronger on the hills.
Good luck to Jeremy this weekend at Coeur d’Alene. Time to celebrate all this hard training with a grate race!