The past five days my coach has delivered some wonderful presents. That is to say, high intensity workouts. Iâ€™m now starting the final week of a five week training block leading up to the Geneva Continental Cup (aka Musselman Triathlon) in New York and the NYC Triathlon eight days later. My training block started off with a lot of volume and then shifted over to high intensity. This week I do another shift to race prep and recovery, so that Iâ€™m ready to race my heart out. After a couple of less than 100% races Iâ€™m stoked to be healthy and prepared to leave everything on the course.
I was convinced that Tiburon had no good roads for bike interval workouts, until yesterday when I looked out the window of Lorenâ€™s car and saw this smooth blacktop winding around the side of a hill just south of Strawberry. It turns out thereâ€™s an awesome loop, mostly flat, but with a few short risers that really get the HR up. The best part, however, is the complete lack of cars on this road. I was able to do my entire workout without any unwanted vehicular disturbances.
I got this image by clicking on â€œView Activity in GoogleEarthâ€ in Garmin Training Center. Itâ€™s sorta cool. No, itâ€™s really really cool. I can click on one of those black boxes and it will give me all the data from that position (speed, lap distance, heart rate, cadence, and so on). I was using my Garmin Edge 705 so I was hoping the box data would include elevation and %grade, but no such luck. Also, if I hadnâ€™t gone back and forth over the same 2.5 mile loop there would be fewer boxes and it would be easier to figure out whatâ€™s going on.
Before my intervals this morning I was having a really tough morning. I took some Nutrition53 Nuero1, and it totally got me going. Unlike Caffeine pills or coffee, Nuero1 doesnâ€™t make you jittery, and thereâ€™s no crash. Iâ€™m totally sold on this stuff, though I have learned not to ever try the orange cream flavor again. Iâ€™ve never liked those two flavors together, itâ€™s like mixing milk and orange juice and the blend of those two flavors should be the eighth deadly sin. Luckily, they make a bunch of other flavors, like Mocha, which are awesome. (And if youâ€™re weird and like creamsickles, you can still have orange cream).