4/13/15 – 4/19/15

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Monday, April 13, 2015 – Green via Freeway (S)

My left hamstring had seen better days, for sure. Pain is much like having a cramp that just won’t go away. Going up is fine, going down is a different story. Tested out the hamstring today, but it was pretty painful to stumble down. My ascent times were close to my descent times (slow) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – Green via Freeway, Bakers Way, Direct East Face (S)

Since I couldn’t run, might as well scramble. The weather was supposed to turn horrible for a few days, so better get in the climbing outside while I can. 

Warmup on Freeway, then Bakers Way, before taking on the Direct East Face, which was a cruise. I actually practiced climbing, then down climbing from the second bolt, before doing the entire thing. The first pitch is certainly the hardest, but it’s incredible what little amount of features you need to climb up. 

Right before I started climbing, I did see someone lose traction from about the first bolt and come skidding down. They changed into their running shoes, and put their rock shoes away. I made sure the party got to the first belay station before I began. Luckily, the took a weird line after all that, so I could sneak by – I was moving pretty fast. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Off?

Weather hadn’t come yet – I’m wondering why I didn’t do anything… 

Rather than endure another session of hobbling in the mountains, I relented to spinning on the bike, which doesn’t hurt my hamstring at all, as well as getting in a good stretch routine that lasts about an hour. 
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 2hrs, spin bike
5 minute warmup, literally an hour stretching and working on core, an hour riding the spin bike, another hour stretching + core, and another hour of riding the bike. Ended then sess. with a sprint that caused the chain to derail from the front chainring. My bike destruction skills know no bounds. 
Hamstring feels much, much better, but decided to give it another day to just chill out and rest.
Altogether, this was an OK week, but severely not what I had in mind. Ramping up for the Dirty 30, I’m anxious to get both a lot of miles in a week (I was hoping for ~75 this week) and also doing some faster days in there. I got to do neither – the hamstring needs to heal. I can’t really say what I’ll be able to do – and when, but I’ll get in what I can get in, and really nothing else I can do.