Back to business: post-vacation report…
Hello again JSF members and visitors! I am back from my little holiday break, and eager to resume my usual daily blogs and routine.
So much happened over the past week that it actually feels like I took more than just 9 days off. Time off from work usually flies by, so it’s a bit strange to come back feeling as if I’ve been away much longer than I actually have.
As you may recall, Lisa’s grandmother died earlier this month. Lisa and her parents traveled to Virginia for the funeral, while I stayed behind to care for the animals. I didn’t want to take a chance on having a serious cycling accident with no family members within a thousand miles of me, as Loki requires medication twice per day. Without his medication, Loki would become very sick and probably die. So I was pretty much tied to the house for the first four days of my vacation.
I took advantage of that time by training very, very hard in my bike torture chamber. I did some pretty tough workouts, and I felt real good on the bike.
I also made a few changes to my Madone during the first few days of my vacation…
First, I decided that my original idea to swap my rear road tire for the dedicated trainer tire (I’m using the Tacx Trainer Tire) over and over was dumb. Not only would swapping the tires be a huge pain in the butt, it would be very time-consuming and also increase the likelihood of popping tubes.
So, after just one tire swap, I ordered an inexpensive wheelset that will be used primarily for indoor training.
I went with the Aeromax Road Bike Comp 700c Wheels, which are made by Vuelta. At less than 100 bucks these wheels are very inexpensive, but still quite well-reviewed. The wheels weigh 873g/1158g (F/R), so they are not exactly the lightest wheels around, but they will do just fine for indoor training. Also, it’s nice having an emergency backup set of wheels on-hand.
After less than 200 (road) miles and 3 flats, I decided that the Bontrager R3 tires that came stock on my Madone had to go. I replaced them with Continental Gatorskin tires (700×23, folding), and so far I’m happy with them. The Gatorskins are just 20g heavier than the R3 tires, but are considerably tougher.
I did a group ride with The Crazies this past Saturday morning on the new Gatorskin tires, and–unlike the first ride I did with this club (on the Bontrager R3s)–I did not suffer any flats. So far so good!
About the group ride on Saturday. The ride was a lot of fun, but the pace was fast and I was having an off day. I think all the hard training I did leading up to the group ride is the reason why. Or maybe it was two straight days of stuffing myself with Thanksgiving food. Or both. My legs were burning way too early in the ride. I rode hard, but I actually fell off the back of the paceline twice (both times due to fatigue after pulling). I didn’t fall too far behind, but I was far enough back that I was fighting the wind solo and not benefiting from the slipstream. I was pretty pissed at myself at the time, but it was an enjoyable ride with friends and a great workout, so no regrets.
My diet over the past nine days was excellent–right up until Thanksgiving. I relaxed my diet on Thursday, and never tightened it back up. So basically for the past four days I’ve been eating a pretty sloppy diet, and I am feeling it this morning. I’m up a little over 4 pounds from Thursday morning’s weight (171.4 pounds this morning vs. 167 pounds on Thursday). Most of that added weight is, of course, water weight, but I’ve probably got a little fat to burn off, too. I plan to get started on that today with a clean diet and a hard workout.
I need to wrap this up and get to work. After 5 days (mostly) away from the office, I’ve got a tremendous amount of catching up to do.
Have a great day–see you tomorrow!