Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Back in the Saddle

Today was my first day back on the bike in 8 days and my first day working out in 5 days. It felt about as expected - lousy. I think I am still going through detox from the abuse I put my body through in Nevada.

I looked at the plan today and it said "Hard Flat Intervals." Hmm. Yeah, I didn't think that was a good idea on my first day back. So, I decided it would be best just to take a ride today. I felt slow and fat and bloated and weak for the first part of the ride. I started to feel better toward the end. Such is life when you go on a weekend bender.

I got back from Las Vegas last night and have to head to CT tomorrow. I return on Friday. These past two weeks have just sucked for travel, but it eases up in August and September.

My next race will be the Thursday night crit next week. I am looking forward to it.

Hard Flat Intervals where I live are difficult. They call it the Texas Hill Country for a reason. Do you see any flat land here?

Or here?

Or here? This is typical of all the roads around here. Up and down. Not big hills, but all rolling.

I am gonna barf!


Anonymous Fendergal said...

Those roads look pretty flat to me.

Speaking of training, I gotta get on my trainer this morning for my own intervals (blah), as it's just pissing rain and the sky has gone black in the last 20 minutes.

And to respond to your recent comment, I need to save some dissipated behavior for the off-season, eh? What was scary was that the after-effects of that cigarette didn't feel too horrible, even the next morning.

7/18/07, 4:04 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

rollers are good. the occasional bender is good. the fresh air while chasing the rollers after going on a bender is, well..... good!

peace out, yo!

7/18/07, 4:58 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

That almost looks like MI; you should be pretty comfortable riding here.
Glad to see your back on the bike; tonight will be my night to get back in the saddle after 6 days off. I think I'll stick with slow and fat for the first ride too! :^)

7/18/07, 6:25 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

hey, those would be flat roads around here! But then I am an up and down type of rider.

Hate to travel a lot, and the effect on the old, and I do mean old, body are a big part of why I hate it. Just hang in, try to get in some time on the bike, then re-integrate into full form as soon as the travel schedule lightens up.

7/18/07, 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mallie said...

Nice self portrait. Shall I send my "hot" sis over to take a look!!! :)

Here's hoping you feel better on the next ride!

7/18/07, 6:51 AM  
Blogger Romey and Jack said...

I hope you and the wife and the bug (and the new bug too) come visit us in Wisconsin. There are hills here that make Sully's Excursion make weird noises. :)

7/18/07, 8:38 AM  
Blogger lauren said...

those are hills?

7/18/07, 10:10 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

those are so NOT hills.

7/18/07, 7:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

OK OK. I know everyone has it worse for hills. It is just the camera angle that makes them look small. Those are WHORES CATEGORY!

Fendergal - intervals on a trainer probably are slightly less painful than on a Lifecycle, so at least you have that going for you. And if you don't feel the effect of one cig, I am sure a pack wouldn't bother you either.

Blue - you know it brutha.

Oldman - how did the ride go? Did you barf?

Rick - I read an article tonight on the plane that says it can take you 1-2 weeks of riding to get back to where you were after a week off. Let's hope that is not true.

Mallie - I am sure she doesn't want to see a fat sweaty guy out of breath and looking pale.

Romey - I think we will visit eventually. Two of our very good friends are moving to St. Paul this summer.

If his Excursion huffs and puffs, I would hate to see what that fatboy Sully does on those hills.

Lauren and Bryan - WHORES CATEGORY! Or is it Hors? :)

7/18/07, 9:40 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...


7/19/07, 4:37 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Chris: I was barf free, but a little slow. I am hoping like you it doesn't take 1-2 weeks to get back to my slacker level of fitness.:^)

7/19/07, 5:37 AM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

chris - yep, 1-2 weeks. It's been what, 3 weeks since we came back from 2 weeks vacation? and I'm just starting to feel on form again. There's just a whole new level of fitness to bike racing that you don't see in many other sports, and one your body can't maintain for too long and it can't maintain during a break. I'm starting to understand the whole peaks thing now.

Oh, and I like your Mapei kit! That is a classic.

7/19/07, 11:53 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Chatterbox - thanks. I got the Mapei jersey at a shop when I was in Austria.

7/20/07, 6:09 PM  

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