Recovery from the half marathon Saturday has progressed as such:
I finished racing at ~9:30 am on Saturday. By 9:35 am I was getting sore. :) I jogged easy for a cooldown and ran about 15 minute/mi pace. Okay, maybe 14 minute/mi pace. Later that day I rode my bike for 2 hours. Although I didn't want to and thought mean things about Dirk for making me, it was certainly the right thing to do. I'm sure it went a long way in helping my legs feel better (and indeed after the ride I felt better than before it). Of course I also took an ice bath Saturday and stretched and did all that other recovery stuff.
Sunday morning I woke up feeling like a truck hit me. Okay, maybe it wasn't that bad. But still, I was definitely sore - my back, my core, my quads, my hamstrings. OH MY HAMSTRINGS! I declared on twitter that "I am too old for this stuff." ;) Nevertheless I did my 4 hour brick and 4000 yd swim. It was cold here on Sunday and riding in 30 degrees w/windchills in the 20s made me want to cry a couple of times. Yet you notice I STILL choose that over the trainer. Yes, the trainer is STRICTLY for interval workouts when in the south. ;)
Monday I woke up sore again but much less so. And with just a swim and lift on the schedule, I had much of the day to feel better.
And so today - today begins BIKE EXTRAVAGANZA! And this is (part of the reason) why I came to South Carolina. To ride my bike a lot. Giddy up Petey! :)
I will ride my bike every day for the next 9 days. On day #10 I fly home to Pittsburgh (at which point I will pick up with the riding again on day #11 :). Over the next 9 days, if the ride is under 3 hours, it's only because there are intervals involved. There will be many miles and lots of sports drink. As Michelle (who is also now doing a big bike week) would say, "pass the chamois cream please!"
Wish me luck! :)
And Happy Valentines Day to all!!