Well, that might explain it

I was feeling pretty down after my training race on Friday. Tuesday evening’s training race didn’t end with me finishing, but I hadn’t planned on making it to the end. While I made it to the end of Friday’s race, it wasn’t the performance that I wanted. Perhaps I shouldn’t feel so bad about it when I look at the data.

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that I even felt getting on the bicycle. My legs had felt pretty heavy all morning, but by mid afternoon I was feeling the itch. So, I decided to brush off the SE Bikes Draft single speed and ride to Main Street, Greenville for a cup of coffee.

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As usual, I was glad I made my choice to ride as soon as I started up my street to merge onto the bike lane that would take me to Cleveland Park and then on to Greenville’s Falls Park and downtown. I’d sit out on Main Street with a coffee and people watch for a bit. Then I’d ride the 3 miles back to my home.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 3.38.59 PMOh, boy! As I neared Falls Park along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, I started seeing crowds of people. Then when I reached Falls Park I discovered the above scene. You can see the stone bridge there to the left of the photograph. It is covered with people… and that was the path I wanted to follow to my coffee stop. I love the beautiful park, but today it was time for a change of plans!

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 3.42.42 PMSo, I headed rode around the Main Street area to pick up the Swamp Rabbit Trail on the other side of the downtown area. While there were still a number of cyclists, families out for walks, and dogs pulling their owners along; I found the ride along the shaded trail to be refreshing.

As I pulled into Travelers Rest, I stopped at a street to wait for traffic to clear. Someone pulled up beside me on a bicycle. I looked over and discovered my old teammate Randy McCreight. Even today, I remember the time so many years ago when I first began to ride on the road. I was doing laps in Cleveland Park and I saw this guy killing in on the route. While I figured he was way above my level, he stopped to take the time to talk with me and encourage me. That was Randy. Randy hasn’t changed.

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Turns out Randy was heading to Travelers Rest for the same reason I was. Coffee. So, we decided to ride on together to Tandem. We sat talking over our cups. The conversation turned to Zwift and then Randy’s non-profit Village Wrench. It was good to catch up, but the afternoon had passed and it was time to head home.

Randy headed back to Greenville on the SRT. I decided to head home on the roads. I needed to get home more quickly and I figured I would make better time riding with the cars than trying to dodge pedestrians on the trail!

It was at this time I felt the bite again. On the rolling terrain, I found myself getting a bit of a workout with the track gearing. Only once do I recall instinctively reaching for my SRAM shifters just to find there was no gear to shift! It did remind me of the fatigue I was feeling.

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This chart shows my workouts over the last 365 days. It is May 3 and I am already at the fitness level that I reached on July 4 in 2014. This is the fastest I’ve reached that level in the three years I’ve been tracking this data in Strava.

Bottom line is I just think I am getting tired. Just Friday, that Fatigue number was 88. While I think there were some technical issues why I had some struggles in the Friday Training Race, I realize that another contributor is my need for some rest.

Training is not just not fulfilling workouts. Training is also about resting. Sometimes the resting is the hardest part of the process! Well, I think next week’s work schedule just might help me with the rest objective. I think it is time for an easy week.

We’ll see what happens then!