Thanks to the generosity of one of my girlfriends, I went for my very first real mountain bike ride on Thursday on a borrowed bike. OMG. SO MUCH FUN! I was really nervous but once we got going, I really enjoyed myself. G was incredibly patient with me. We spent most of our time on the main trails but he did take me on some single track which I found a bit challenging and a little less enjoyable given my lack of solid bike handling skills. I wiped out once and had to walk up some of the twistier hills as I wasn't 100% comfortable. But, I did it. And I want to do it again. This type of riding is so different from road riding. You can't zone out, you need to be 100% present and you have to pay attention. You also need to be ready to change gears on the fly. I found climbing to be a challenge as well since I'm so used to getting out of the saddle. On a mountain bike you want to keep the weight evenly distributed which means sitting down while climbing. My glutes were BURNING. But it was SO good. I got more confident as we went along except for when we were on the single track. I know I'll have to work up to that. Just like anything it will take a little bit of practice. And since G is so freaking amazing....Christmas came early for me. I now have my my own set of wheels. So you know we're hitting the trails again next weekend.
Yesterday I swam and then hopped on the computrainer. My friend David joined me in the Kennedy Compound pain cave for a 95 minute ride. That was my longest trainer ride to date. It was nice to have the company. He's got a computrainer but no where to really use it so he brought it to our place and set it up with our bikes in the basement. He's training for Ironman so I suspect there will be plenty of Sunday mornings spent in our basement. That's what friends are for, right?
I also closed out November by logging my biggest ever swim total in a month. I swam 31,950m. That's almost 32km in the POOL. Guess that's what happens when you're not running and you're trying to keep the lb's off, ha.
This is what went down last week. I think I'm going to have to start making some kind of plan so I'm at least training on a schedule rather than doing whatever I feel like.
Monday: 2050m swim + 25 minutes of physio work
Tuesday: 75 minute strength & mobility work
Wednesday: 2400m swim
Thursday: 75 minute strength & mobility work + a mountain bike ride
Friday: OFF. But I did spend about 3 hours walking around downtown.
Saturday: 6km PAIN FREE RUN + 15 minutes of physio work
Sunday: 2800m swim + 95 minute computrainer ride + 15 minutes of physio work.
Total time: 9h 19 minutes. I think this week is going to have to be an easy week.
AND.....tomorrow Tri Talk Tuesday is back! This months theme is Triathlon Race Season Planning.
How was your weekend? Did you score any good Black Friday Deals?