However, base training has officially ended and I'm now building - and I miss the base training! I know that I shouldn't compare myself to other people, and I try not to, but I'm really "comfortable" at around 10-12 hours of training a week. Once I start to train over 12 hours, I really do feel it. Also, my recovery from St. George didn't even last a full week! I was back to a long tempo run and then a long brick (4 hour ride, 80 minute run) a week after the race. Last Sunday, I thought to myself - "You're not in Kansas anymore". Okay, it's lame to quote the Wizard of Oz, but I was officially out of my comfort zone with that workout. I really did try to have a positive attitude, but I started the running with heavy legs and I ended the run with heavy legs. It was about 10x harder than the St. George run was!
This week, plenty of ups and downs and new challenges. I felt equally blessed and cursed on Saturday to ride part of the Tour de California Stage 7 course - up GMR (Glendora Mountain Road) which I'd done twice before, but then, for the first time, I kept climbing up to Mt. Baldy Village. The Tour finished at the Mt. Baldy ski lifts, but it was the COLDEST RIDE EVER - so the two other ladies and I riding together made a group decision - to not climb the extra 1,000 feet to the ski lifts. Even though we didn't make it to the ski lifts, it was a fantastic ride up to Mt. Baldy Village, and it was amazing to see so many cyclists and fans of cycling in Southern CA. If I had been better prepared (had more clothes) and had more time, I definitely would have stuck around to see the pros go through, but it was a great ride no matter what.
This is before we started climbing - and it looks like I have something weird growing out of my helmet, but not so!
Finally, on Sunday, I had my first double-run day EVER. I actually thought that it was a mistake on my schedule until I read the information about said run. Nope, not a mistake. Honestly, the afternoon run felt better than the first run of the day, so I decided that double run days might be okay. However, this is all new territory for me, which maybe is the point? Yes, I managed an IM distance race last year and loved the experience, but now that I know that I can do the distance, pushing a bit more and going a bit harder is the challenge.
And, if that's not enough, taking in sights like these should be both the means and the end:
Huge shout out to CalTri and Harrison Shao for the Epic Ride on Saturday!