Vegan-Powered Immune System -- Log
I've noticed a weird thing since i've started training significant amounts of time.. My immune system is now quite strong.
For example -- i don't know when i'm sick. I may have a bug of some kind, but i have *no* symptoms of it....until i start to do a hard effort. My day-to-day activities go along normally, as if i weren't even sick...but when i get on the bike and get my HR up, *then* i start to feel it.
How strange is that..?
Anyway, i was 'sick' for a few days last week, and i didn't even really realize it until Friday...heh.. I just thought i was pushing myself a bit too much, or was suffering from some sort of energy low. How strange.
Anyway, here's what i've been up to:
Tue - my second ITT! I felt i rode much 'harder', my HR was in the 180's, and i averaged 180bpm, but i came in 6 seconds slower than my previous time - 26:09. My split was 13:03 or so...so i was pretty consistant both laps. I think i must have been under the effects of my cold, i could hardly believe my HR..i was riding at 184, and wasn't breathing too heavily..which is quite weird for me. It wasn't particularly hot either. (Was wearing knee-warmers, actually.)The next few days will be pretty specific.. Tomorrow (Sun) going to practice standing starts, and do a bunch of sprints.. Gotta get my sprint legs kickin'. More sprints on Monday. Tues, will be the ITT. Wed will likely be an off day, and Thu will go to the track, and take it easy in the races.
Kevin came out too, and he came in a full minute faster than me! He started behind me, and caught me a couple hundred meters from the finish. Good job, dude! I'll most likely head out for the final TT of the year next Tuesday...give it one more shot. That should be lots of time to recover for the Provincials.
Wed - rest day, oh yeah!
Thu - Sprints at the track, didn't do very well at all. Started with the Miss'n'Out, came in about 8th, got boxed in......unfortunately i was actually feeling pretty good for this race, and was about to make a move when i was canned!
Chariot wasn't anything special...can't compete with sprinters..heh.. And didn't have any pep for the Keirin. I got in a good position, but i couldn't stay on the wheel in front of me and got dropped. Chad and i were bumping elbows, pretty funny.
Fri - did six Ob repeats - first ones in a while! They felt really good, i missed that workout. On the way out there, i started to feel a tickle in my throat, and my HR jumped too quickly on hills...that was the final clue to the presence of my bug.
I considered turning around, and just going home to rest, but i was just about there, and thought i'd do one just to see how i felt. Glad i did!
I do a very specific workout on the Observatory hill -- very low cadence (40-55rpm), and keep my HR lower as well (aim for 162-166bpm) - the idea is to stress the legs, not my cardio. It isn't supposed to be an 'intensity' workout. I find that despite being somewhat sick, if i keep the intensity level down, i can ride just fine, so that's what i did, and had a fine workout. Rode an extra hour afterwards, felt great the rest of the day.
Sat - over 3hr EM ride with a few trackies. Felt great, bug feels like it might be gone..had some pep back again! I was starting to worry that i might have been in some sort of slump, and right before Provincials, but i'm feeling pretty good now, and feeling much more positive.
Friday is the first day of Provincials, more info here. Wish me luck! The schedule will look something like this:
Fri: Individual Pursuit, Kilo, Miss'n'OutNot too bad... Saturday will be a bit harsh, i'm prolly insane for doing the Madison, but what the hey! I've signed up for all events.. The Kilo, Pursuit and Keirin are near-pointless for me and the training i've been doing, but it'll be fun to get some experience.. My times will suck, relatively speaking however. Looking forward to the longer races tho....woohoo!
Sat: 200m, Matched Sprints semi's, 20km Scratch, Sprint Finals (yeah right!), Team Sprint, 40km Madison (ouch)
Sun: Keirin Qualifiers (will unlikely pass), 30km Points Race (my most likely successful race..)