Nice training weekend finally! No rain, no obligations (other than the usual family fare), and time for distance. Saturday morning I opted to go on the CRW Climb to the Foothills route, taking me toward the Wachusett Reservoir and Princeton, MA. Lovely stuff. The road still had many of the cue markers on it, so I only had to make a few map stops. The numbers: 71 miles in 4 hours, with 5000 ft of climbing total. Managed to keep things nice and steady, getting in a long ride without killing myself with big efforts. More time for that later. For now, gotta get time on the bike. Next weekend the aim will be 5 hours in the saddle, and more climbing. Not that I need THAT much climbing for IMLP. The bike course “only” has around 1700 ft of climbing each of the two laps. But, climbing does the soul good.
Riding solo for four hours wasn’t that bad either. Ipod in the right ear, and away you go. Hopefully some company for next weekend as I head toward Mt. Wachusett to get some more climbing in.
Sunday was time for an “easy” 14 mile run. No ill effects on the legs. Was able to fall into around 7:10/mile fairly quickly, and we kept up that pace and actually was hitting closer to 7:00/mile for some of it. Very conversational. Legs felt fine as well, which was surprising seeing as it was my long ride of the year the day before.
Today, out to Walden Pond for 1 hour swim and a short jog afterward. First Walden swim of the year! Brrrr.