I normally swim later in the evening as if rain does come through, it is around noon. So I like to get in a solid ride in the morning than risk not being able to ride later due to rain. So this evening when I arrived at the pool, it was packed with squads, and only two lanes open for lap swimming. Problem was that there were already 3 people in each lane swimming at a pace that would irritate us all if I jumped in. The lanes opened up at 19:00 but I was already pretty tired so I headed home and hung out on the couch and ran some errands for the wife.
Made up for lack of swim with a longer core routine.
BIKE: 4hrs w/15×5′ hill repeats
I really wanted to just ride a hilly route today. I have been lots of simple out and back routes since we arrived and I wanted to switch it up with a big loop. I Google mapped my course and off I went on a very challenging hilly course. After 5,000ft of climbing I reached this road. This awesome I though to myself. These are similar roads I watched the Colorado Pro tour ride over. This is going to be a blast.
15 minutes later the road turned into conditions I really didn’t want to ride my Cervelo through. The dirt turned a few inches deep, the rocks became bigger, plus there was a 16% descent. I decided it is was probably in my best interest to turn around.
The ride ended up being a total climbing gain of 9,543 ft and I did manage to get in all my efforts along the road. Ended up being a blessing in disguise as the trip back kept me further south than the planned route. The planned route experienced a pretty nasty downfall of rain. Would have been pretty chilly at elevation and no base clothing.
RUN: 60 minutes at high turnover
The rain made the run interesting with what felt like 5 inches on my heel. The pace is slowly picking up at the HR zones I have selected which is nice, but bummed to not be able to really get after some session as we depart on Sunday morning.
This is my second time training at altitude and you realize very quickly how fast you dehydrate. Drip Drop keeps my hydration levels optimal during and after training.