Last weekend, we got some really hot weather. I guess it would be out of character for this part of the country, but I haven’t lived here long enough to credibly make that statement. Temperatures last Saturday were in the high-80’s and the humidity was particularly high. I helped a friend move, but still wanted to get a skate in. Usually we do 20+ mile skates on Saturdays. everyone else went earlier in the day, and based on the heat, I opted to get in a 10 mile skate Saturday evening. It was still hot, but not unbearable. Sunday, though, it was a little bit nicer, so I took advantage of the cooler temps to get another 10 miles in before starting my taper week before the Northshore Inline Marathon this coming weekend. It was still a little more humid than I would have liked, but there wasn’t much wind. At this point, I was still skating on my training set-up, with my now well worn Bont G4 Mint Green 85a wheels and Bont ABEC 7 bearings that desperately need servicing. My average pace has been steadily creeping up. I haven’t worked on this as much as I should be, and this will be a focus as I move into the off-season and contemplate a training plan for next year. This outing ended with a pretty good 15.7 mile per hour average over 10 miles. There is a new gauge that tracks this just above the date and time stamp at the bottom of the gauge cluster. I shot video of this trip as a gear test for the race this weekend. The video follows:
Training during a taper week always feels like a no-no. However, I feel like you have to do something to keep moving or lose all of the progress that has been made since the start of the season. It is an odd feeling to be sure, because, at this point, I should be in the best shape of the season. I think my race times this year have been somewhat contradictory to that point, as Chicagoland was quite a bit slower than Roller-Dome, and the pace I managed at the Minnesota Half was beyond what I hoped to do after Chicagoland. Regardless, in the vein of thinking it is good to keep moving, even during a rest week, I skated last night. It was a quick 8 miles, partly to break in the cleaned bearings and get back on race wheels. The Adam’s Swiss I have been using still do very well when clean and lubricated with Bones Speed Cream and Gun Oil, and don’t seem to be showing their age as much as I expect. I am considering going back to Twin Cam ILQ bearings in my next switch, though, and lubricating them with Twin Cam T-Gel because I am very familiar with how durable those bearings are and they are very consistent in capability. The average pace for the skate yesterday was only 15 miles per hour, but I wasn’t looking to push the pace more than necessary to make sure I am recovered for the race on Saturday. I don’t know whether I will work out tonight, but if I do, it will be some light cycling just to keep the blood flowing in my legs. Either way, I am looking forward to the race this weekend. I should have video and a race report next week.