Now that the high of my success at Du Nats has waned, it's time to really refocus on my training.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty easy, recovery days. I ran 5-8 miles Monday and Wednesday and swam twice, and by Thursday I had no soreness at all... just in time for a time trial!
Yesterday's time trial was the 6-minute, all out sprint, which I last did March 30, when I averaged 23.7 mph in a 20 mph wind. Conditions were similar yesterday, with a 15-20 mph headwind for half of the Gtown Rec Loop, so I was expecting, being tired from Du Nats, to either put in a similar or slightly slower effort.
Did a 3 mile warmup and started the TT. Right away I felt strong and fast. I refrained from looking at my speedometer for fear of being disappointed. But even with the headwind, I was flying up the hill on that portion of the loop, and the tailwind helped me on the other side.
6 minutes later, I came to a stop, breathing hard... and excitedly looked at my speed average... 25.2 mph!! That's 1.5 mph faster than I rode just a month ago! And only a few days after Du Nats. That's probably also the fastest I've ever ridden for at least 6 minutes... previous best was 25 mph flat. I've broken the barrier. My legs are getting stronger and stronger, and it's exciting.