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April 11, 2011

Unplanned Vacation…

by hammonjj

I had a bit of a rough week, both in training and in life.  I’ve recently been through my second funeral in as many weeks, which caused me to spent 8+ hours in the car  driving to Lincoln, NE for services.  While I don’t want to compare a poor week of training to the loss of a loved one, this is a training blog and therefor I feel obligated.

During my time in Lincoln, I was severely limited in my ability to train, I only managed one training ride although, I have to admit, training just outside of Lincoln city limits is amazingly peaceful.  Beautiful rolling green hill and light traffic.  I changed up the planned ride up to a more random approach to get some much needed intensity in my legs given that I haven’t been able to race much lately.  I’d also like to shamelessly plug an app that the company I work for developer called Cycletracker Pro.  My normal training device (Garmin Edge 500) was out of commission with a broken screen, so I decided to give this app a try and was pleasantly surprised with the ease in which it sync’d with TrainingPeaks.com

This has been three weeks of poor training for me, mostly due to knee problems, but also some time conflicts relating to family business.  I have to admit that I’m growing more and more concerned with my Tour of the Gila preparation.  Due to my lack of training/racing time, my concern is that I’m not going to fit enough to place as well as I had hope during Gila.  All I do know is that I’m going to bust out the next 15 days and play my hand as it has been dealt to me.

I’ll have some more detailed news to report after this week is up as I am going to a Sports Medicine doc this week and racing some events that suite me (Haystack Mtn TT, Air Force Academy Road Race).

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