Spin: 1h45min (Spinervals 13.0)
Yesterday I finally got on the bike (first time in the week!) and decided to work the base with Tough Love again. I started earlier in the morning (9-ish) by getting my daughter ready with a few things to occupy herself until my wife woke up. Not much was taken out, as I thought I'd just be an hour.
"You're not supposed to do this without me!" was the statement from my wife a few minutes later. She got some breakfast into her and joined me, taking moments here and there to switch the movie and such for the wee one.
(Aside - my daughter's such a good kid! I always feel bad asking her to play or whatever while I train, but thankfully she gets along wonderfully. I think as long as she gets some quality play time with me afterwards, I think we're all good!)
I ended up getting 1h45min on that video, and I realized something that my wife points out to me each time - I need more liquids, and some gels. And this time, she was really right (again).
I didn't feel 100% at the start of the session, but only having two bottles of Gatorade just wasn't enough. My HR slowly climbed up through the duration of the workout, and I could feel the lactic acid pool up throughout as well. I found it increasingly difficult to focus on any part of the task at hand, and when the headache started to ease in, I knew that I was getting close to being on fumes. I backed out at 1h35 and took 10min as a cooldown.
I've never bonked before, and I know I didn't during this last session, but I think the symptoms were quite evident that I was starting down that path. It was very interesting to experience that, and I can certainly see how my past races were affected by poor hydration and poor nutrition. I've got my work cut-out for me to nail this down (or at the very least, get better at it).
It was a great workout - it always is when I get to ride along with my wife beside me - and a great way to end the week.
I think I need to get one more ride in during the week in these Prep weeks, though, just to get used to the up-and-coming heavier weeks that aren't far off now. That might be easier when (a) it's Springtime, and (b) when this damned bus strike is over.