Thursday, January 21, 2010

Going Nowhere

I tried to pick up where I left off with training. It isn't working. My hope was after a short period of focused intensity, my fitness would return quickly to its previous level. Nope. The heart, the lungs, the legs aren't bouncing back with vigor I hoped for. Instead... I'm running myself into the ground trying to do intensity intervals that are clearly above my capability. This is leaving me tired and mostly washed out. None of this is good.

I feel stuck. Pedaling like mad while not going anywhere will do that! The 'textbook' approach rebuilds fitness from scratch -starting with base miles. Long rides that aren't very intense to build the aerobic engine. I *should* be doing multi-hour steady rides. Ever attempt a 3-hour trainer ride? Yah, me neither. My mental capacity for boredom tops out at about an hour-and-a-half. Three hours on singletrack is fun. Three hours on the road is bearable. Barely. Three hours on a trainer would have me spilling top secret information to make it stop!

Is there any productive training I can do right now? I'm getting the feeling I'm just training for the sake of training. I'd gladly ride outside just for fun, but the trainer? Uh-uh. For the next couple of days I think I'll stick to couch intervals. Uggh.