Training Camp Week Wraps Up

The week in Connecticut - in the foothills of the Berkshires - is coming to an end.  The bikes got a lot of mileage put on them, and the open water swimming was great.  We couldn't have asked for better weather either.  Every day was clear, sunny, and temperatures for the morning rides were in the high 60's (ending in the high 70's). 

Five days of good mileage on the bikes (again, with a couple of good open water swims thrown in for good measure) along with lots of climbing.  Each ride had about an average of 1,200 to 1,500 feet of elevation gain.  Not a lot when compared to the Tour de France - which is being viewed every morning after workouts are wrapped up - but these were still some good leg burning climbs that got the heart rate up near 170 on occasion. 

Personally, on a bright note, I was able to get a couple of running workouts in.  I'm still building up strength in my ankle and while certainly not up to distance and intensity standards that I'd like to be doing, I was able to get a couple of "brick" workouts in.  I pulled off 3 X 4 minutes jogging / 2 minutes walking after wrapping up the morning training ride on a couple of days.  Certainly not where I'd like to be, but I was just happy to be able to jog/run at a reasonable pace and not have my ankle act up on me. 

We're headed back home later today, and I'll most likely head off to the pool first thing tomorrow morning to keep some of the momentum going through the weekend.  It's really nice to be able to sleep in a little bit, and by that I mean sleeping until 5:30-6:00 am, go ride or swim and return back and not be rushed to get to work.  We're able to sit, stretch, relax, and recover through the rest of the day.  Well, and consume a few glasses of wine or beers in the afternoon by the lake!