Today I had a rest day. Hubby asked me when was the last time I could remember not working out on a Friday; I had to go back and look, but on March 14, we had the day off (we had the 55-mile LaGrange ride the next morning, and I remember at the time that seemed like quite the long ride).
Family Love and Cycling
Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday. We went to IHOP for a birthday breakfast (oh, she LOVES her IHOP) and the rest of the day has been very quiet. I’m focusing on laundry, reading, and sleeping until we do her birthday dinner celebration tonight. I have not driven across town today, or anywhere else in fact, since IHOP — no errands, no “to do” list.
Today made me realize how very, very tired I have been. I got a decent night’s sleep last night and took a nap that lasted several hours, and I know I will have no trouble sleeping tonight.
The other day, we went to visit the eldest daughter at Amy’s Ice Creams and I picked up a copy of some free newsletter that had a cyclist on the front. There were two articles inside on doing your first century (metric and/or miles). Both talked about the need for taper before and how difficult the undertaking would be and it hit me…I’ve been doing a metric century or more EVERY WEEKEND since the Rosedale ride, back on March 29. No downtime, five bajillion other workouts all around them…of course I’m tired!
If you’d told me a year ago I’d successfully navigate this, I’d have said, “Yeah, ok, whatever” and inwardly thought, “I can’t imagine.” I think I was told this and I did think that — lol.
So I got very excited when I read today in Going Long (in the “Racing Long” section, page 165):
“…Early in the bike you will likely feel better than at any time in the previous three months. You will be rested, energized, and very strong….”
All of those fears of “what if I can’t make it 112 miles on race day?” kind of evaporated because I know I can do it when I’m tired, so yes, I will get it done on race day. It will just be another long ride…but a long ride I’m well rested and totally prepared for.