Monday, January 17, 2011

Finishing Touches on Sustained Power Week

Years ago, I did my first cyclocross race which to this day, I feel are THE hardest types of bike racing that I had the pleasure of experiencing. Going as hard as you can for 30 or 40 minutes is, in my opinion, heavy duty, hard-core, true-blue racing. That first race had me wheezing, gasping, and in the end, DNFing because I felt like my lungs were on fire. It felt like I was breathing blood - that's how intense it was. Gunnar Shogren was in the parking lot next to me when I went back to the car that day and when I told him what happened, he said, "it'll get easier." It didn't Gunnar. Yesterday, I was breathing blood again doing the final trainer workout for the sustained power week. The on-off 8-minute intervals at 70 rpm in as big a gear as you could sustain at 70 rpms were the fire breathing part. Then, we had to jump off the bike and start doing as-many-as-you-can frog leaps for a minute followed by wall squats for 3x45 seconds.Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Hard IS good.I was ready to scream like a little girl -- I think I recall Donna saying she DID scream like a little girl for this one. For the 70rpm intervals, I stuck it out in big ring/15 cog. For the frog leaps, I was a big-time wussie. Having not done one of these since I was a kid and did leap frog, I wasn't sure what to expect. I only managed 10 in the first set, 12 in the second set, and 15 the 3rd set. After the 3-hour trainer ride on Saturday and the trainer session yesterday, bring on the rest week. I'll definitely be taking advantage of it!


The Wiser Weiser said...

Me lovin' the rest week....:)

DailySAHM said...

I'm just jealous right now of anyone who can work out. I'm out of commission due to a back issue. Did the leap frog make you feel like a kid again? :-)

Chili said...

I saw your back went out Kera -- so sorry. That DOES suck. Brett is having a similar problem. My poor mother said to me the other day, "I wish I could do just one push-up." Its a blow when you can't do what you want physically.