Thursday: drove down into Tucson, made my yearly trip to Tri Sports, got settled in, had a nice dinner with the gang, and in bed early...falling asleep while watching Chariots of Fire. Love that movie, but just couldn't keep my eyes open! I hope Breaking Away is on tomorrow!
I'm getting my chances to catch up with everyone I met here last year (the Blancos, Leishia, Bo, Ariane, Kevin, Chris,...)...all great people and great to train with people with the same plans/training program as me...we are definitely a group with a common goal, and everyone is so mellow...looks to be a great camp! I notice that I am much more relaxed than last year...I guess I'm back as a veteran versus "just getting back into it" as I was last year. While we'll be doing a lot of training, I'm not feeling like it will be hard---hard will be training in the heat this summer....
Friday: Started the day with a Starbucks run, and somewhat paid for it in the pool---something about the pool we swim at or maybe the coffee is stronger than I am used to? We swam 3500: 500 warm up, 4 x 125 (75 fast, 50 EZ), 400 swim, 4 x 125 (75 drill, 50 EZ), 300 swim, 4 x 125 (75 kick, 50 EZ), 200 swim, 4 x 125 (75 pull breathing every 5th, 50 EZ), 100 warm down...decent start to camp! Compared to the swimming Chris has given me at home, this was a pretty easy workout.
|Base Camp for our Kitt Peak Ride|
|Patagonia Ride: Maybe time to turn around? |
Well, we needed 5 more miles!
Sunday: Okay, this was a bit brutal riding to Patagonia and back...20 mph winds all day long with no escaping! I ended up riding 90% of the day on a solo mission...kind of by design as I prefer to do the work versus sitting on a wheel of someone faster (read: better!) than me. So, I rode getting battered by the wind, sometimes with it being harder to hold onto the handlebars than pedal. At the end, I was DONE! I made the 90 miles, but was just crushed and barely made it through a 20 minute brick run---I actually ran for 5 minutes, stopped, then ran for 15 more....not a strong transition run (and probably my weakest.....ever). The rest of the day was more R & R...and I needed every bit of R that I can get. We did have a great group dinner at Wildflower Cafe (pre-gamed at Blanco Restaurant, in honor of the Blancos ;)
|Near Mile 14 on Mt Lemmon|
|A view of Tucson from Mt Lemmon|
I MADE IT!
All in all, I'm burnt! Not physically; more-so mentally from the wind, the cold...and being away from home really was eating at me on those rides---I ended up riding 220 miles alone over 3 rides. Yeah, I made the choice to ride alone, but with the elements hitting us the way they did, I'm worn out...now it's time for some recovery and turn around and get ready for Ragnar!