Restoration Week

When I received my training calendar from my FasCat coach Tucker Olander, I wasn’t convinced that I needed to take a restoration week at the end of the month. After all, I was just getting started – why take a break? I’ve gone for months on end without a break before – why change this pattern? Well, guess what – Tucker was right…

After four weeks of good hard training, I was ready for a rest. I didn’t realize this until Sunday night when I was in bed at 7:30 in the evening. A restoration week doesn’t mean – sit around and do nothing. Rather it means do less than normal but still do some training. Admittedly Monday and today were pretty chilled out – all I had going on was a power yoga class at MountainGoat Yoga in Barrhaven. Wednesday sees me riding for an easy hour and Thursday is another yoga session.

Then the restoration ends… With Friday, things ramp up again and I get to become friendly with Computrainer. Yes, while most of you will be outside riding or racing on Good Friday – I’ll be in the basement riding. And you know what? I’m fine with that. There is a time and a place  for bundling up and getting outside and there is a time and a place for wearing just shorts and a sports bra and sweating it out in the basement. Some of you are still shaking your heads no and thinking “a true cyclist would ride outside”… Well, I have to do “all outs” also known as “full gas” intervals – not quite warm enough for this and it is hard to go completely all out when I have to worry about: staying upright, cars, snow, ice, and staying on the road. (Saturday is more intervals – so I’ll likely be inside for these.)

But Sunday – ah glorious Sunday – I’ll be outside rolling along wishing I could slow down time.

As you can likely guess, I’m enjoying a bit of a break from the hard training but I’m itching to get back at it. I’m super looking forward to the middle of April when I’m taking a week off from work and all I’ll be doing is riding, riding and riding. I’m going to do a mini training camp – likely right here in Ottawa so I hope the weather gods are friendly.

Suffice it to say, I’m happy with how the first month of training has gone. I’ve surprised myself and I think my coach as well. We saw numbers that I haven’t seen in a really long time (yes, I recalibrate my PowerTap before every ride) and (yes, I know that wattage means nothing if you don’t have the skills). Here’s looking ahead to April – a great month for training, riding and of course birthdays…

Happy Easter – I hope the bunny rabbit is friendly to you. Not sure what she’ll bring to our doorstep since I’m still doing the Simply Raw Lighten Up Cleanse – this is going really well. Not hard at all. I feel really good on it and I’m eating such darn healthy food that I feel super energized. Can’t beat fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds. (Of course, I am looking forward to some Easter chocolate – or should I say Easter cacao?)

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