“Operation Pedalin’ Pop” Week 1

Well, week one is in the books on LHP’s moving in. Hell of a ride to say the least! That said, there’s still another project I’ve got on my schedule: Folsom Cyclebration. Its where @garyyoung and I got our medal haul last September.

I’ve already gone over the path I’m taking to try and hold on to as much fitness as possible, and here’s what’s happened so far:

Monday Aug 22

Did a studio workout of 30 mins of corrective bodyweight, and one set of get ups to the tune of 10 consecutive on each side. Lighter weight, focused on form and pretty much getting back into the swing of things after a week off. Sleep issue wasn’t that bad, and I had a lot of rest between reps to make sure there was quality over quantity. Still feeling the effects of my crash on July 31, but getting better.

Gym workout 1: decent power, range of motion/mobility avg at best, strength reduced due to fatigue/

Tuesday Aug 23

MVP Workout + Deep Tissue Work, unfortunately not in that order. We were riding Altamont Rd in Los Altos Hills, which isn’t too bad except its a gradual climb that kicks up to about 15-20% in the most enjoyable spots. A climb I can do in 6-7:30mins, on good sleep, pre LHP with good legs.

Deep tissue work wasn’t as brutal as I thought it would be, and I felt a lot better afterward. Therapist said after all of the stress, lack of sleep, my body started to go where it wants to be, not where I had trained it to be.

Yesterday the intermediate rider building their fitness the most dropped me hard on the first trip up. This is with 26×1.5 slicks on my MTB so I could have the 22×34 combo. Knowing full well the cold wasn’t 100% kicked, and I was tired as heck. Well, I got dropped the first trip up yes, but I didn’t think I’d get shelled out the back of 15 riders.

I thought I could hang in the front of the group, but learned quickly it was all about technique/form work instead of trying to pummel myself. Last thing I want is to get sick and not be able to be a good dad. Tried rolling out last night, but LHP had other ideas so we hung together instead.

Bike workout 1: no power, bad legs, bad heart/lungs from cold, hips not engaged, zero power (not even for high cadence work in a low gear), this project could be a little trickier than I thought!

Wednesday Aug 24

Hoping to get to the studio for a workout, might just play it conservative and do some yoga. But I’m thinking some KB’s may just be what the Dr ordered. More to come!