Endurance Path – April 2014
I can’t believe it has been a month already since our trip to Moab. We have had some very mixed weather, but I have been able to get out on a few road rides. I’m running out of time to get ready for the Lutsen 99er and I would say that I am far from ready.
1) When the knee starts tightening up, don’t push it or you’ll end up walking.
2) Don’t bank on electronics working all the time.
I broke down and picked up a Garmin Edge 510 bundle with the heart rate monitor and cadence/speed sensor. Aside from some software glitches, I do love the capability of it and it has made my rides more interesting. It mostly has made the indoor trainer much more interesting which means, I have actually started to use it. I went ahead and paid for the premium membership for Strava and used the Sufferfest videos a few times that come with the Strava premium membership. The 2 workout videos I used so far were great and I will probably purchase a few of the other Sufferfest videos as well from Sufferfest.
All said and done, I logged just over 170 miles on my road bike in April. I intended to get more miles in but the weather was just not cooperating and I was traveling 2 weeks out of the month for work. About 40 of those miles were on the trainer.
I didn’t do much running this month. I’ve been having some knee pains and attempted a run while traveling for work. I ended up walking about 2 miles of it back to my hotel. I should have turned around sooner as I felt the knee tightening up, but I can be a little stubborn sometimes and figured I could run through it. That being said, I only ran about 11 miles in April. I probably will not do much running until after the Lutsen 99er as I need to get my cycling legs back in shape.
I’m getting my nutrition back into shape for sure. The more I am working out or exercising, the better I tend to manage my nutrition. I try to eat smaller meals and more frequently throughout the day. I’ve been eating a lot of tuna fish, eggs, salad and frozen vegetables. My wife has been slowly transitioning our household over to mostly organic foods. Costco has actually been a great place to buy bulk frozen organic vegetables.
No new events this month. I am contemplating heading up to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in June for the Chain Drive Festival, but we’ll see if I can make it up there. It’s a 32 mile race and would be about 2 weeks before the Lutsen 99er. I am thinking it might be a good race to check the status of my legs and help me figure out where my pace should be at for the longer Lutsen 99er race.
I started a gallery on my SmugMug account just for cycling related pictures. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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How was your training and nutrition in April? Did you make any progress?
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