This weekend, I’m racing Culpeper International. It’s local and hilly. And I am feeling very unprepared. At least as compared to my previous races. I’ve really been nailing my training over the past few months, so to have such a lackluster month right before a race has me feeling a bit off kilter.
No regrets, of course – I was dealing with a small injury that led to another small injury and my quad still isn’t quite right (but it’s getting there). And it’s not that I’m actually untrained. Just not feeling quite as prepared as I would have liked for a race that is as challenging as this one will be. So I’m going in without any real time goals, just to finish strong, whatever that happens to mean on the day.
On to last week’s training:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 2 mile run and Team Fight swim
Wednesday – Supposed to be an FTP test but I didn’t have the energy, so I put it off and ran Thursday’s 4 miles instead.
Thursday – FTP test time! And when I was done, I discovered that the battery in my power meter was just low enough that it dropped out a few times during the test, so no measurable result. Alas.
Friday – 2000 meter swim, followed by my annual physical where my doctor proudly proclaimed me healthy (and commented that she likes to see healthy people come in for checkups and why don’t more of you do this?)
Saturday – Volunteered at the Team Fight tri camp, which meant lots of swimming in some crazy water and some running of the bike/run course as I helped direct people. Went home and finished up my 6 mile run on the treadmill.
Sunday – I was dead after Saturday, but went out to ride anyway. Felt like I was dying the entire time, and when I finished, discovered that I was PRing segments of the course. No wonder everything hurt!