Friday, November 8, 2013

The Trainer Century - in Photos

As you know from training, I had to do a century ride in training. Since circumstance was that Brandon and I couldn't do it together and that was way too long of a ride to do alone (and unsupported) given my crash history, we both did century rides on the trainer.

We've spent a lot of time on Skippy this year (even had to get new rear tires as a result) and this was the longest single session yet.

I know some of you are probably asking why, oh god why would we do this (and I wondered that myself at times), but I think it worked out for a few reasons:

1.) It was fantastic mental training.
2.) As mentioned before, crash risk is negatory.
3.) It took a lot less time than it would have outside - less time out of my day is a giant perk.

It went well and as you saw in my training log, the run off the bike was very spry and I had tons of energy afterward and felt pretty good the next day.

So, here's the story ... in pictures.

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The beginning.

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Food pile. Apple pie Bonk Breaker bars, "crack" (no-bake) cookies, an extra bottle of water and potatoes from the Feed Zone cookbook. I think I screwed something up with them though since they did NOT taste like they were supposed to ...

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The videos I chose to watch.

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Run clothes set up for the transition.

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Tempe ride, ready to go.

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"Let's do this!"

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Essentially my view for the next few hours. ALSO: new water bottle - Profile Design HC Aero. SO AWESOME.

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Since Coach Troy during the Tempe ride is a drinking game waiting to happen, I had iTunes blaring as well.

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Mile 25.

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And we are now doing the Kona DVD. It is ridiculously boring. Sorry Troy.

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Mile 40. I'm getting sweaty.

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Mile 50. This is when it started to get horrible.

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The dwindling food pile.

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Mile 75. The sweat is driving me insane.

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Mile 90. Yes, that is the look of insanity. It is also the look of me starting to go inside my own head to finish this crazy crap.

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The view outside. Worst part was, it actually was a nice day out.

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The end is near, so very, very near.

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DONE.

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