Sunday I knocked out my first 20 miler of the year. It was an absolutely stunning February day and I was able to hit the rail trail for a majority of the run. I’m pretty enthusiastic about the day and that I got in a 20 miler this early into this training cycle. My right foot, which has given me the majority of pain since Ghost Train, feels pretty good and the knees were a little pinged later in the day, but mostly I feel my body has recovered nicely and ready for another week of training.
Yesterday I went to the gym for a 20 mile recovery ride on the stationary bike. I’m actually not really sure how accurate the distance on those bikes are and if I’m going to hard or not hard enough on the tension. I would love to build a trainer system with one of those fancy-ass computer programs that I see popping up on Strava here and there, but I’m scraping by with 2 pairs of aging shoes right now and don’t have nearly enough scratch to throw at a franken-trainer.
Probably the biggest news of the week is that I am officially quitting drinking until after the Spring Classic. I’m struggling to drop the weight, and high-octane craft beers don’t exactly add to the strategic caloric plan I want to embrace. I’m also going to try and do some sort of workout every day. I’m even considering one of those daily, home workout subscriptions I keep seeing on Hulu.
I know April isn’t the goal month for the year and there are plenty of months left in the year and plenty of races, but I want a strong summer of training and feel like I’m behind already, although the 40 miles I put in this week makes me feel a little better. Ghost Train registration just went live and I also want to do Pisgah again. It’s a long season and I need to remind myself that I have plenty of time to run plenty of trails.