'At this time in 4wks, I'll be racing.'
These thoughts ran wild as I mounted the bike this morning. Thankfully, my legs will be much more rested on race day. The first five mins were a struggle, quads heavy as steel beams and throwing in the towel crossed my mind more than once. Knowing that is not an option, I headed for Regents Park, 6 laps and heading home.
Out on the run, I told myself to relax, enjoy it, no need to push, its a Z1-Z2 run. 15mins in, light headed. Not sure where it came from, sun was out but not overpowering like last week, but I assumed it was hydration-related, so I sped up my drinking schedule (normally a sip every 5mins) and 30mins later my focus was back. I made my way through Hampstead Heath, a highlight of the week.
Eventually home, time for re-hydration. In the 4hrs after finishing, I downed 5L of drink (2 Lucozade Lite, 1 Powerade Isotonic, 1 Powerade Ion and water w/ electrolytes). Re-hydrating has become a major task over the last few weeks, and I'm certainly not complaining because it means we have more sun, but it has added a new challenge to recovery.
Having covered 152mi (246km) this weekend, I'm now glued to the couch, watched the Wimbledon final, a bit of reading, maybe a nap then time to prep for the week.