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Training Log Archive: tomwcarr

In the 7 days ending Aug 16:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Bike4 9:12:07 86.69 139.51 1786
  Row2 2:08:00
  Yoga1 1:00:00
  Total6 12:20:07 86.69 139.51 1786

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Friday Aug 16 #

10 AM

Bike 2:20:46 [3] 36.99 km (3:48 / km) +148m 3:44 / km

On Wed I picked up a mtn bike at Kristi Mtn Sports in Alamosa. Today we parked at the Three Barrel Brewery and then headed north on routes 33 and 38. They were sandy gravel and I didn't have any problems because the tires on my bike we really fat. However, Sam was having a harder time on his cross-bike with only 35s. Our pace was quite mellow for me but the sceneary was great. We passed by an large area called "Elephant Rocks" that would be awesome for O. We made it up to Pentiente Canyon and then headed back. The latter is supposed to have some great trails to ride but neither Sam or his bike were up for that. Back at Three Barrell we had pizza and a beer for lunch. Fun adventure.

Thursday Aug 15 #

8 AM

Bike 3:28:50 [3] 82.18 km (2:32 / km) +1427m 2:20 / km

PMS to Wolf Creek Pass
2017 = 2:04:--
2018 = 2:09:38
2019 = 2:11:09

PS to Treasure Falls Parking
2017 = ?
2018 = 1:04:59
2019 = 1:01:24

Wolf Creek Pass (from Pagosa Springs)
2017 = 1:05:--
2018 = 1:02:47
2019 = 1:01:39

I don't know how I set strava PRs for the first half (PS to TF) and the second half (TS to WCP) but not on the whole. The end points of the segments must not line up. My opinion is that I was faster all around by a little bit. I was kind of hoping to break 60min for the climb proper (Wolf Creek Pass) but I don't think I could have gone any faster without blowing up. I would need to do a lot more climbing in training.

* Left Wason Ranch at 0610. Stashed bottles at the pass. Stopped at the convenience store and bought a gatorade as payment to use their bathroom. Also applied chamois buttr. Riding by 0730ish.

* Temp in the high forties at the start. I wore my vest for a little while but then stashed it. Put it on again when I was resting up top and then down the backside when I was really sweating. I could have gotten away without it but I think it is good to have.

* HR monitor wasn't working so I had to just ride by feel. There wasn't much sightseeing as I was focus on the effort in one way or another.

* Going up the pass there were a bunch of signs saying "No stopping or standing." I couldn't decide if the signs were being supportive or cruel. In any case, I didn't take any breaks, just 60ish minutes of straight effort.

* Last year I went down the backside all the way to 410; that turned out to be a mistake as I was completely bonked coming back up. This year I went down about 4km just for fun and turned around. I'm glad I did. That was still plenty hard but at least I didn't stop. Garmin says I hit 79kph for a brief moment on this downhill.

* On the downhill heading back to PS I was maxing out just over 70kph. There was a bit of a headwind and I couldn't push through it. Then my right leg started cramping. Cramping while going downhill is no beuno. I still passed one truck though - Ha! So, going down I'd push a little, cramp a little, push a little, cramp a little. Annoying. Then a bit past Treasure Falls the other leg decided to get in on the fun so I just stopped and rested. After about 5 min everything eased up and I was able to motor home but I had to be careful on the remaining little up hills.

* At lunch at Kip's.

Wednesday Aug 14 #

4 PM

Bike 45:31 [3] 20.35 km (2:14 / km) +211m 2:08 / km

Up at 0500 for 0718 flight to Albuquerque. Driving by 0835. Arrived at Kristi Sports in Alamosa just after noon, Picked up mtn bike, ate lunch, on to Creede. Assembled Cervelo and rode up to Creede to make sure everything was working and not slipping. Very nice day. Sam and I ate dinner at Arp's.

Monday Aug 12 #

Row 1:00:00 [3]

Easy w/o any interruptions from linkedin. Very nice.

Yoga 1:00:00 [3]

Sunday Aug 11 #

Bike 2:37:00 [3]

Converted the gears, rear mech and chain to climbing mode yesterday. Main goal was some butt time and and to make sure everything was working properly. The effort was supposed to be all easy but sometimes is was really easy (like on the Katy Trail) and sometimes not really easy (like when I couldn't help it). When I got home I cleaned, lubed, disassembled, and pack the bike into the Ironcase. While riding a cicadas whacked into my forehead.

Saturday Aug 10 #

Row 1:08:00 [3]

2x with Pat at WR. The beginner class with an 8+ and 4+ was having a final day scrimmage that the members were invited to join. Mike came out in the single and Pat and I jumped in for the last two 3 minute pieces. We were working with effort but it wasn't close to race pace. However, we had only rowed about 2 min before getting into it and that was a bit of a shock to the system; it didn't feel great. Needless to say, we still put them all in their place even on the last one when they were all given a 15s head start. I should race beginners and small children in all my sports -- it is very invigorating.

We then went off and did some medium level pieces separated by lots of chit chatting. Then we went for bagels and continued our chatting. I should make an activity category for that time as it is becoming significant. Good morning all around.

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