Hill repeats and testing out the new suit

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Yesterday morning, I got up at the crack of dawn to hit the road and do some hill repeats on my bike. I decided I want to spice up my cycling workouts, because during the weekdays I just don’t have time for 2 hour rides. So I met up with my cycling buddy and we road west up Table Mesa towards NCAR. My friend has one of those sweet GPS watches, so here’s our workout profile:

We did two repeats, then looped around for a 4 mile cool down. It felt really good to stand up and push hard up that hill/mountain. My heart was racing and I was gasping for air… it felt good to get the blood flowin’ like that. I definitely got passed by some much speedier cyclists, but who cares, right? It was a great workout and every ride makes me stronger.

I’ve been googling around for beginner level cycling training plans (something with a mix of longish rides on the weekend and short interval and/or hill repeats during the week), but haven’t found any I really like. Do you guys have any insight?? Know of a good place to look for base/strength training cycling plans?

This morning, I christened my hot new swimsuit by swimming laps at the pool. (side note: the gym fee for the entire semester is only $74 bucks, how awesome is that?! So so so thankful to be part of campus/student life.) I swam for about 30 minutes (non stop!!) before the masters group came in. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to swim now, than it was last year. Oh ya know, it only took a year to learn how to swim without flailing/drowning/etc. I actually feel like I know what I’m doing (albeit slow).

I’m really looking forward to the weekend (lots of hiking and hanging out with friends in store). I hope you have an active and fun weekend, too! See you on Monday!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam F. says:

    Oh those hills look miserable. I can kind of feel them just by looking at them and I don’t like them at all. Congrats on not drowning in that stomach-acid-vomit-covered swimsuit, BTW!

  2. Will says:

    http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition/training-fitness
    for starters
    I might also suggest a book. I haven’t really followed a plan myself, but this winter I’ll probably work on a plan to improve my power from my tri site (www.beginnertriathlete.com). I’ll pass that along to you.

  3. Pearl says:

    That looks suspiciously like our ride home….

    1. e410 says:

      Haha, yeah girl, I have no idea how you do that every day!

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