This morning was the 7:30 a.m. workout group and the 9:00 a.m. USA v. Algeria World Cup game. So I had to haul ass to make both.
I’d gone to Tri Zones workout Tuesday night which was a bike workout in Steiner Ranch. It was loads of fun; I’d never ridden Flatiron (or is it Flattop?) road and loved the screaming downhill. At first, I was riding the brake, thinking “Holy crap! Too fast! What if there’s a stop sign or an intersection?”
I’d glanced down to see I was at 34mph with braking. And then I realized all the people ahead of me had been there before and I could see if there was any shifting/braking/change in body position, and so I let go.
FUN! It was just the kind of ride my legs needed and it was nice to ride with the group. If I didn’t think it would be overkill, I’d go to the Thursday night workouts as well, but I don’t need that many quality workouts in a week.
So this morning rolled around and I wondered how the legs would feel. We headed over to the lovely grass at Zilker for drills, a time trial of sorts, and then relays. I don’t think I’ve done relays since I ran with Mac and Andreas. Oh, how I love that stuff! Coach Gilbert pulled me aside and gave me some advice on my arm carriage while I was waiting for my partner to come around. He is so personable; already, he knows my name, knows me well enough to kid around with me, and has pulled me aside for one-on-one stuff several times.
After the last repeat, I took off as fast as I could to get back to the car and the house and the USA game. I swear, every pokey driver who insisted on driving 55mph was out on MoPac. I was a drenched mess when I ran in the door. The first half was frustrating; I ran to shower and get out of my wet running clothes at halftime. In my haste, I showered with my glasses on. The second half had me standing up, moving and kicking with the team (I can’t help it; it’s just so exciting — I don’t know how people think soccer is boring). The celebrating at the end was loud and intense. We’ve already gone back through the game once with TiVo. Yeah, we’re a soccer family all right.
I don’t know if it was the heat, the fast repeats, intensity of the game, or what, but I had to lay down this afternoon and sleep for about 30 minutes. Totally wiped out. I still feel drained. Now, I’m off to pick up my new touring bike from my buddy Abe!