Lately I’ve been feeling like the hamster on the wheel, continually go-go-going and I know it’s not going to end until that event on 28 October. This morning I was up at 5am to have brekkie before heading out on my long ride/run session. Fortunately the weather had vastly improved on yesterday though there was a wind blowing – not too strong but enough to be a hassle when riding into it.
6.30am and I was off, heading out to Federal Highway. I decided to keep riding until I had gone about 30km before turning.This meant that I encountered a few hills along the way, the last one before turning was a doozy – I didn’t think it was going to end. There seemed to be lots of traffic going both ways this morning – mostly cars heading out, and huge trucks heading into Canberra. I stuck close to the shoulder and hoped that i didn’t get sucked into the trucks as they went speeding past. The joys of on-road cycling on a highway!
Coming back into town there were cross winds to contend with, so at times it was an effort keeping my bike upright. Then heading back up Ginninderra Drive I rode into a headwind. What fun, not. I just put my head down and pedaled and tried not to get discouraged at how slow I seemed to be going, especially up the hill at the start of Ginninderra drive, coming off Mouat Street. Still I’m nothing if not determined (or stubborn, as some people would say) and eventually I arrived home (having done 66km) for part two of my session – the 4km run.
As usual, my feet were frozen and I ran the entire way with little feeling in my feet. As usual, the 4km felt like 40km. As usual, I was happy once I could stop! However surprisingly my pace has improved – averaged 5.24min/km today
I was hoping to fit in a nap sometime today but that hasn’t happened. I’ve had heaps of washing to get through – triathlon training means piles of washing. I had swimming gear, cycling gear, running gear and gym gear to throw in the machine (in several loads), hang on the line and then get off later in the day, fold up and put away. Plus there was the usual clean-up-the-house stuff to do that gets neglected during the week and well, someone has to do it. Also made pumpkin soup for meals during the week after training and when I can’t be bothered cooking.
Tonight we are going to the The Hungry Buddha Nepalese restaurant in Curtin. Looking forward to it! There are no yak steaks on the menu
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
postscript: just checked my training schedule for next week – its only a 90min ride next Saturday AND no run! Yay! There would be a #happydance except I’m too goddam tired!
Also I’m catching up with supercoach SpartaJen tomorrow morning – I can’t wait!