Since Friday its been taper time in the Banks household, even Sarah uses it as a good excuse to do less running! After all she needs to prep for the race as well, esp. with the Team Banks parents being in tow (What top is he wearing?, this is him...no it's not!, he should be through by now, perhaps he has had a puncture!)
So yesterday I was hoping for a nice leisurely club ride and perhaps just a few intense pick-ups to get the legs going.....well when I turned up I knew that a "leisurely" ride probably wouldn't be the order of the day! The group was strong and with no road races at the weekend, everyone was ready to hammer from the get-go!
It certainly was a fast ride and arriving back at home, the entirety of the ride including the warm-up (from home to the ride), club ride, and warm-down (from ride to home) was a season best and 6 minutes quicker than the fastest so far! Not bad for a ride just over 2 hours......Fortunately I felt good and the legs weren't blasted too much! You always know it's a good ride when you finish and someone shouts "Thanks for that, I almost threw up!"
Besides the ride yesterday, the taper has been going well, more time on my hands meant that the bike got a clean and I got another 1/2 an hour in bed this morning before heading down to the pool. Although in a freaky/stalker kind of way someone recognized me after wondering if I swam competitively, asking my name and stating that they knew my name from the triathlon race results.......[they do triathlons as well and will be at Eagleman this weekend!...see told you stalker alert :-)]
Just a quick update on the status of Team Banks....they are currently up in Gettysburg looking at the Civil War stuff and the grass at Chez Banks is getting long. I think they are shirking their responsibilities ;-(
- First cross race of the season at #AACX today....always a tough race when you are the race director as well but had a solid race for 4th in the Elite Masters. . . . . . #IFB #cyclocross #parvillacycles #vandessel #tifosioptics #pactimo #industrynine
- Got to ride the trails at Marine Corp Base Quantico yesterday at the Quantico Epic....50 miles of awesomeness despite the muddy trails. Gradually feeling like I have recovered from the #bestbikegameever . . . . . . #marathonmtb #parvillacycles #alchemybicycles #IFB #quanticoepic #cycling #mtbracing
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb