A Plan is Made for Changing

MSC #1 Jenny Smith. Photo courtesy Eddie Clark/Mountain Flyer magazine

I had a training plan for the Trans Sylvania Epic, it was to work on my weaknesses, included some double days and I was really excited about it. Then I got sick with a head cold. While none of us ever like  to get sick, a simple head cold can be the hardest illness to manage. Where I live in Gunnison, CO at 7700 ft the dry dusty air is somewhat tough on our respiratory  system anyway and when you add cycling into the mix even tougher.

So I left the training peaks emails unopened and practised the yoga, rest, nap, core, easy jog plan.  After four days of this, it was ( ready or not) time to meet Sarah Kaufman at the Mesa Verde 12 hours race to compete as a duo.

Home base at the 12 hours of Mesa Verde

Home base at the 12 hours of Mesa Verde

All things considering we had a great time. I relied on my legs rather than my lungs. Sarah was a super solid teammate.

Sarah cranks the first climb Photo courtesy of Eddie Clark Mountain Flyer magazine

Sarah cranks the first climb Photo courtesy of Eddie Clark Mountain Flyer magazine

One single second separated our fastest times, and we rolled in to take the win covering 66 miles each in the process. The Mesa Verde event is a must do. It is a well run, super fun, party of an event.

Here’s a recap from http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/12-hours-of-mesa-verde-2.html

Women's duo at Mesa Verde

Women's duo at Mesa Verde

I did finish the day though with a green snot deep cough, (of course it is not the smartest thing to race a 12 hour event on the back side of recovering from a cold).

So home it was to another week of unopened workouts, work, yoga, easy spinning and some core.

Late last week I started thinking, shouldn’t I be over this by now?

I was also a little on the worried side about the upcoming TSE stage race.  Kinda needed to know whether to go or not. So we added some local events in for training.

Going in I expected that one of two things would happen. Either I’d dig a nice hole and come home to cancel the Transylvania Epic, or I’d start to finally feel better and call the new plan a success.

Last Thursday was our Local Growler series  at Hartmans Rocks.  I lined up.  The race hurt. A lot.

Friday evening my husband Brian and I drove over to Salida, CO for the 2012 opening weekend of the Mountain State Cup series. Friday I felt tired and questioned what I was doing.

We where met on Saturday morning with an uphill time trial: 8 minutes of pain up S Mountain in Salida. Rather, 8 minutes if you where Kelli Emmett, 8.34 for me. I took second and felt better afterward than either before or during.

Saturday afternoon we raced a dirt criterion, a really fun circuit event on a trail called Burnpile. It also hurt. I was second to Kelli again this time 13 seconds back. Better.

On Sunday morning we had  the Riverside Rampage cross country, an incredibly fun technical cross country in the Salida hills. Kudos to Keith Darner for designing the course. I was again second, holding Kelli to 30 seconds in the first lap and finishing 2.30 down at the end. I felt even better. This was definitely what I was hoping for.

Kelli Jenny MSC climb photo courtesy Eddie Clark/ Mountain Flyer magazine

Kelli Jenny MSC climb photo courtesy Eddie Clark/ Mountain Flyer magazine

 

Riverside Rampage XC courtesy Eddie Clark/ Mountain flyer magazine

Riverside Rampage XC courtesy Eddie Clark/ Mountain flyer magazine

Now it is Monday. Today I’ve even been thinking about how nice it would be to go for a swim or run or spin. Yes, energy! Thank you! Here’s a toast to healthy.

I am though back on the recovery plan. This time its in my workouts.

The Trans Sylvania Epic starts this coming weekend. We are representing there with five NO tubes elite women and Kenny. Training going to plan or not, I am excited.

Check back in for our updates.

Cheers

Jenny

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