This post is taking place from Asheville, NC. Last week, I decided to come out here for the second the time to do some training and also get away on a little vacation.
Week 8 was overall a pretty good week. I felt that I was really strong riding wise. I only did 4 rides, but my longest ride was for the Tour de Toad. On Saturday, I went for a 40 mile ride before the 46 mile Tour de Toad. The 40 mile ride was an easy OAB to Morrilton. I held back on the ride on felt that the 40 miles came and went pretty easily. I knew the big ride would be on the Tour de Toad. The plan for this ride was to see how long I could hang with the main group with out killing myself. I was able to make it with them for about 10 miles and then the group split. When the group spilt, I choose not to try and chase down the leading group knowing that wouldn't work out for the best. For the next 10 miles, I was working with a group of about 3 riders feeling pretty good and pulling at a good pace. Then we were caught by a group of 5 which was nice to hang onto. This group of around 8 held together pretty well until the only real hill on the course. This sepreated everyone out. I was with three others again until I made the decision to go back to 2 people that I knew. This worked out pretty well. We pulled the last 15 miles at over 20 miles an hour. By the time I had finished, I was actually feeling pretty good for a 90 mile ride. I can really tell my training is picking up and fitness improving.
This week with the runs was a so/so week. I was able to get in 16 miles which is the most since March. I felt my second long run of the week on Sunday after 90 miles on Sunday. My best run of the week was on Friday when I tried to run a mile has hard as possible.
Swimming was swimming this week. I was able to get my first open water swim of the year. I did 45 minutes with a wetsuit and felt great.
Well tomorrow it's off to a good week of riding in Asheville!