I've said it at least a 1000 times but it takes me a solid seven weeks to get "right" after running a 100 mile race. Yes I am up and functioning in a week usually but for seven weeks I just never feel like myself. This year is proving to follow that rule without exception.
I did five miles today. I was supposed to do ten but time was the gating factor. I'll just do the ten tomorrow in Aspen, no biggie. But when I was running I did the math and figured out that I am halfway through week six so hopefully in another week and a half I will be back to normal.
It is funny when it happens too. One day it is like switch gets thrown and I feel great again. I also realize just how crappy I felt in the previous weeks in comparison. What I find even more funny is that after a hard 50 miler, I can feel okay too but the following week to ten days I can just be tired. Just tired like I could nap all the time. After a 100 it's pretty much the same but lasts about five times as long.
Got new handlebars for the Cannondale today. They are swept upwards and feel a lot better than the previous flat bars I had on there. The other bars had a crack in them too so it had to be done. I am going to put a different saddle on it that is identical to the one I have on the Trek. The stock seat on that Lefty just does not work for me. Anyway, taking it up to Aspen and am hoping for a long ride on Sunday. Up Summer Road then south to Taylor Pass and back. I expect Summer Road to be quite the challenge, both ways. I want to get that bike dialed in 100% so that if I do decide to do any bike racing next summer I can be perfectly comfortable on it.
Got tickets to go back to Maryland in November for the JFK 50 and to be home for the week. I am looking forward to the trip.
If I ran 100 miles, it'd take me 8 years to recover. I think you're doing great!!ReplyDelete
I was up in altitude this week running, after not being up there since PPM - I thought my lungs were going to explode. Man, we can lose it so quickly! Your bi-monthly trips up high are going to keep you fit and strong!