OK, I admit it.
In all the years that I was training for triathlons (a billion years ago when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth), I NEVER really trained for the bike part. And it was always my undoing.
I didn’t really “know how” to train for the Bike. I also didn’t know how to train for the Swim or for the Run, but I got books on that, and just followed them. But “Everyone knows how to bike,” right? How hard can it be??
The Bike reminds me of my first day in law school, in Professor Christensen’s Contracts class. He said, “This is going to be the hardest class you have this year – maybe in all of Law School. And none of you is going to believe me. You have ALL signed Contracts. You all THINK you know what it’s all about. Well, I’m here to show you that you don’t, and you should be scared.”
It was DEFINITELY the hardest class in Law School. And – my favorite. There’s a LOT to it – way more, in some ways, than being a litigator. In litigation, you have to be a good actor, and be quick on your feet. In Contracts, you have to know what is there, and what is NOT there, and have the “staying power” to just keep reading even though you’re on page 50 of a 250 page contract!
That’s what the Bike training feels to me, a bit. I am learning a LOT, and realizing HOW lucky I’ve been in triathlon. I never, ever, EVER worked this hard on the Bike. It never scared me (okay, except for the “Getting a flat tire” part). Now, it scares me. But in a sort of “I’m loving to hate this” kind of way.
The Trainer workout today was Hill Climbs. I did it before lunch, because we’re heading out to the Mega-Champagne Tasting this evening. (Yes! Yes! Yes!) It involved 10 minutes warming up, then 6 x (5 mins at your hardest/highest + 2 mins recovery/easiest). Then warmdown, for a total of an hour. There is DEFINITELY no way in God’s Green Earth I would be working so hard if I didn’t have to log the doggone workout for the coaches. And, since I suck so bad, I also have to do everything prescribed – I’m not like these hardbodies on our team who can likely sandbag 1/2 of this stuff and still wind up doing OK. Nope – my Hope rides on doing what I’m Told!
Playlist & Comments:
Check Yes Juliet, We The Kings
SexyBack, Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland
China Grove, The Doobie Brothers
The New Workout Plan, Kanye West
Little Willy, Sweet – this was great for climbing
Free Ride, Edgar Winter – man, I’m such a goofball. I was playing air drums on this one (as much as I could, with huffing and puffing and all)
Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Mark Lanegan – took this actually off the playlist and put it on “WarmUp/WarmDown” – I LOVE this song but just too slow for a workout.
Your Mama Don’t Dance, Loggins & Messina
Ooh La, The Kooks
Don’t Stop The Music, Rihanna
Frankenstein, Edgar Winter – again, goofball me playing air guitar and singing to the beginning of it (Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-DAAA)
I’m Alright (Theme From Caddyshack), Kenny Loggins
Dancing In The Moonlight, King Harvest – this is going to be me, at Ironman, running in under the Moon and Stars! I laughed at this. Fun song.
We’re An American Band, Grand Funk Railroad – another great “all American” song to me.
Love Train, The O’Jays – I thought this would be too slow, but actually it wound up being good for climbing.
Hiphip Chinchin, Club des Belugas
You’re So Vain, Carly Simon – way too slow – took this off the list and skipped it. Sorry Carly!
I Love Rock N’ Roll, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
It’s Raining Men (Live), Weather Girls – this song came on and I knew I was on my last “climb” so I told myself I had to go as fast as I could, until the song ended. WOAH at the end, the gremlins were climbing down my back, pounding on my brain to quit! (“No one is looking, what are you doing? You’re over the time…go by the time not the song…come on…”) I made it, which meant my last hill climb was also nearly 2 minutes longer and harder than the others. Who-hoo! Banish the Gremlins!
Let’s Go Crazy, Prince
When I was about 1/2 way through, H came out heading for lunch. He nearly doubled up laughing, looking at me puffing it out in the garage, dog lying on a big pillow next to me and every now and again taking a little lick of encouragement on my calf. I think he was proud of me though. He did give me a nice bum massage and said he was “helping push” (smile).