Thursday, May 04, 2006

I Didn't Know I Had That Much In My Stomach (and other recent quotes)...

Now that I'm feeling healed enough to giver' a little bit on the bike, I'm realizing how slow I am. 5 Weeks off the bike doesn't do much for your sprint as it turns out. Or your endurance. Or your anything. I've been riding off and on since my accident, but I've carefully avoided any efforts. Now that I'm confident that I can jump a few times without ripping my ribcage apart, I've started to get back into the good stuff.

Rode out to the track last Sunday to do a little workout with Brian and the crew. No worries right? What could possibly go wrong? This is where Brian says "haaay!" He says "HAY we should do some sprints!" Sure, why not?

First ride is against Casey Deck, who has just done about 5 hard flying lap efforts, is wheezing a little bit and looks pretty beat. I on the other hand have been riding in my granny gear for twenty minutes, so I think "no problem." We wind it up, come around for the final lap and suddenly I felt like I broke a shifter cable in my legs. Normally with about 200 to go I'd turn on the go-jets and run it home, but here it seemed like I'm stuck on cruising speed while casey lopes right past me. My heart rate, however has no problem jacking all the way up to the sky, and after doing a 13 second 200m I feel dangerously close to passing out.


Same thing happens against Beardsley the senior a few times. I'm doubled over gasping on the infield in between sets. Everyone else seems to be fine. Maybe 3 or 4 sprints into the day I start feeling "it." Very calmly, I put my sandals on, grab some water, walk up to the parking lot and loose my clif bar breakfast in some of the most violent spasming heaves of all time. I manage to cover most of the upper parking lot in bile. What an accomplishment.

Not surprisingly, I feel a bit better after that and finally take doug in the very last race... but barely... and with some very questionable tactics.

I was really looking forward to taking things up a few levels this year, but looks like I'm starting off by taking a few giant steps back. Looks to be a long and difficult summer, so steer clear of me after a few hard efforts.

DT

7 comments:

Grunter said...

Just keep putting in the long, slow road miles and the speed will come back in time. I had 3 months off the bike in 01' with glandular fever, was getting dropped by anyone and everyone... Kept training, training, training.. got to Nationals and picked up 3 golds, a silver (in sprints no less!), a national scratch race record, and a ticket to the junior worlds. All about staying positive and looking at the long term- plus you're still U23 NEXT YEAR!!! Lucky!

Anonymous said...

The Mojo does not go away in 5 weeks. It just sleeps. You must wake it up with a little humiliation (looks like you've got that one covered) and some hard work.

Drew said...

Intervals are good, intervals are good, intervals are good...etc, etc

Anonymous said...

Three Words: 1:12.3 in May - And they still want me to do Hood.

Anonymous said...

wait, maybe I'm not following. you're in good shape but you shouldn't have to do a road race?

Dean said...

that's what you get for agreeing to be on the road team... road races.
sucker.

Anonymous said...

yeah you trackies moan and complain about having to do road / stage races but lets see how much you appreciate having that little extra in the ole' fitness tank when track nationals comes along and medals are on the line.

I just love saying "told you so."