It’s been a busy week with a lot of solid training time. After a strong week with one brick and two, two-a-day sessions I got in a 3.5 km swim, 23km run, and 175km bike over the weekend.
Needless to say my legs are smashed and although I’d love to keep pushing through I’m taking today completely off and going for a much-needed massage.
On Sunday we got in our 175km by riding in the Tour d’Alberta. We knew our legs would be tired so went into the day as a supported training ride. Lots of the roads we cycled are roads we ride most weekends. The weather couldn’t have been better (sunny with light winds), and the Tour was put on exceptionally well.
The rest stops were really well-supported, I never had to wait for the porta-potty, and there were a ton of support vehicles riding the route.
It was the first supported ride I’ve ever been on, and I really enjoyed it. Kelly had a blast! He usually rides with me (meaning a lot slower than he can go). He rode with the front guys in a group, which was awesome since he may move into cycling next year instead of running.
I rode by myself for 95% of the ride, so it was a bit tough mentally. There just wasn’t anyone around me…ever. My parents, our super-fans, came out to watch. I think I ended up seeing them five times, and it is such a boost to see people you know!
You might also note that my beautiful Trek Madone 5.2 has aero bars on it. My husband was not impressed when I asked him add these on to my bike!
Since then it has hung in our basement and then moved out the garage. I’ve been riding my Madone all this year and the few bikes rides I managed last year.
I keep saying I’ll give the Aeryn a whirl so I can decide which one to ride for IM Canada. Well, I still haven’t ridden it. On Saturday my husband finally pulled off my IM race numbers and I finally washed the Arizona red dirt off it! He got it all spiffy (cleaned the chain, etc) so I could either ride or sell.
I’ve ridden multiple 90s, 120, 150, 160, 175, and all my weekday rides on my Trek. I think it’s too late now to switch bikes, especially since I love this one. The Trek climbs well (IM Canada is hilly) and my body feels good on it. My only issue was being able to go into aero. Now, I have the best of both worlds!
I think we’ll sell my Giant since I haven’t ridden it for two years. And, it’s only been used for one season and is in remarkable condition. It was an awesome bike, and I really hope I made the right decision with the Trek.
Thoughts? Does anyone else use a road bike for long-course triathlon?
What did you do this weekend?