Creating a Cycling Family

The John Sims Challenge

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Broken. That’s the way I felt on that particular Friday. I felt like a piece of glass that had been hit with a baseball bat, shattered. I did the hardest day of working out I can remember in my recent past and it was awesome.

Like normal, I woke up that Friday morning and met john at the pool at 6:15 am. He told me that following our swim we were going to do a hard running interval work out. We were going to set the treadmill on a 10% incline, do a 10 min mile for 1:20 and then rest for 40 seconds. He told me we were going to do this 15 times. Ok, I don’t really know what that means, it’s going to be hard, but whatever, I’ll figure it out. So after 1000 meters in the pool, we hit the treadmill…..

As the treadmill began to rise, I knew it was going to be bad. 10% is a lot taller than I thought, crap. We started off and I’m thinking, alright I’ve got this, I can do fifteen, but as interval number five began, I was hurting and by the tenth interval, I was talking to myself pretty heavily. I was begging myself, “come on, you can do this, just finish it, you can do anything for 10 minutes.” The legs were listening to the brain, but they were starting to think the brain was full of shit. I finished. I was completely trashed, but I felt good about it. Friday is my day off so I had a whole day to figure out what to do with myself. What should I do? More workouts of course!

I took a nap and called Andrew Bennett the local “big deal” that likes to break my legs. We set out to do about 40 miles and ended up doing about ¾ of the ride. We were both trashed. The John Sims challenge had ruined me and Andrew had done a hard ride the day before. We decided to just go to full city and sip small cups of espresso in our spandex, so euro.

“You know that because we didn’t finish the ride, we have to go to Tabata?” I said, “Damit, I know” He say’s to me. Tabata is a workout that I’ve been doing twice a week for a while now. It’s a half hour high intensity interval workout designed to break you. It makes people throw-up regularly. It is really hard all on it’s own, and we were about to show up completely and utterly broken.

My friend Mike said I looked like I had already finished a Tabata when we showed up. It makes sense as I was slumped up against the wall trying to stay awake. The workout began and I couldn’t believe I was doing it. It was so hard. I could only do about 2/3 the work I normally could and it hurt like I was doing 130%. I did finish the workout, and I was really glad to make it.

This day was one of the most challenging that I have ever had. I pushed myself physically, but I think the mental workout was much better. I really tested my ability to push myself beyond my limits. That was a great feeling. I can always do more than I think I can and it feels great. The human body is a fantastic thing and I love the ability to continually learn its abilities.

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