This week’s riding

My riding didn’t get started this week until Wednesday; after the race last Sunday I wanted a day off, and then Tuesday was rainy.  I did some yoga that day.  On Wednesday I rode for 1 1/2 hours doing anaerobic endurance pyramid intervals — it’s a workout from Joe Friel’s book The Cyclist’s Training Bible where you ride hard intervals (I was aiming for a HR in the upper 160s/low 170s) following this pattern: 1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1 (in minutes) with a rest period as long as the interval.  I started off able to get my heart rate up high with no problem, but as the workout went on, my HR seemed more and more sluggish.  I’m not entirely sure what this means.  It felt like a good hard workout, at any rate.

Then yesterday, Thursday, I rode an easy 1 1/2 hours, and today I rode for 2 1/2 hours on a hilly course.  I felt pretty beat today and was slower than I would have liked, but I have been been training and racing hard over the last week.  I suppose doing a hard ride like today’s when I’m feeling fatigued is good training — I’m not as good doing lots of hard hours each week as I would like.

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