Just another week on the bike…On September 1st I will begin a week long cycling race through the Pyrenees mountains. The Haute Route cycling events are ‘the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world’; that’s according to their website anyways, haha. The race takes place over 7 days and covers 778km and 18,300 meters of climbing.
Six week ago I would have never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m pretty happy with where my riding is at the moment. My broken collar bone forced me to rest for a couple weeks, and for me that was quite frustrating to say the least. My first outdoor ride after the crash consisted of climbing up Cypress and then driving my car down (shoulder was too weak to descend). Thanks to my buddy Jim for driving my car up for me then descending on his bike and riding up with me. I did the climb twice that day and honestly thought I was in trouble for my upcoming race. My legs felt terrible. One positive thing was that after a couple weeks of rest I was full of energy despite legs that felt like lead on the bike. Sure enough however, the legs started to respond to riding again. The last 14 days I embarked on two of the biggest volume training weeks I’ve ever done. The last week of training I just finished was big even by my standards. I rode for a total of 24.5 hours in a 7 day period (this included one rest day). To kick it off I competed in the Cypress hill climb challenge and smashed my previous personal best time. That day saw the Fulgas team continue on to Whistler, stay the night (drink way too many beers), and return the next day. The week ended with the triple crown ride (all three local mountains: 126 km total and 2800 m climbing). It was really cool to feel my riding form coming back so strongly.
It sucks getting injured and a broken bone sure hurts, but there is nothing like some adversity to get you focused and motivated. I don’t think I could have trained as hard without being driven to come back. It has been an interesting experience.
Today my shoulder feels fine riding, and my legs are back and possibly feeling even better than before my crash. Life sure has its ups and downs. I’m off to test myself against some pretty famous climbs. Here’s to keeping the rubber side down…
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