Am I ready?
Well I'm more ready today than I was on Friday. That's because Saturday was a 100 mile bike ride and Sunday was a 16 mile run.
To be honest I wasn't terribly ready for either of those things. But I did them.
The 100 mile bike
The 100 mile bike ride was tough. It was hot - really hot. And we rode pretty fast. My moving average was 18.6. That's not crazy fast but over 100 miles it's a lot faster than I've ever gone before. My average for other century rides has been (14.1 mph in France, 17mph in Clermont and 15.5 mph for another century last May). In other words this one was faster and it was tough.
|Can you see that I'm dripping wet in this photo? That's because at every given opportunity I was dousing myself with cold water to try not to melt.|
The long run
My legs were really tired after the ride. I kept thinking what on earth are my legs going to feel like tomorrow for the run? I just couldn't imagine it. And the first steps were pretty unpleasant. But actually when all was said and done my muscles felt better after the run than before I started. Interesting, eh?
The run the next day was really hot. We started very early and it was good to get a lot of it done in the dark because once the sun came up it was miserable. We were running on Key Biscayne so I took advantage of the showers every mile or so to rinse off to help keep cool.
During the 16 mile run I used only Infinit for fuel. I did have some chomps just in case but I didn't need them. But my stomach did get upset in the last half mile which was a bummer. This is almost exactly when my stomach revolted in the Rome marathon. So perhaps I just have a 16 mile stomach. That's a downer. But otherwise I felt pretty good. 2 sips every 6 minutes. It was easy. I think for the race I'll keep bottles with powder and mix on the go rather than carry heavy bottles. Just add water.
I didn't swim over the weekend. After the run we "floated" in the bay to relax. But that's it. I did swim 3 times last week so hopefully I'm getting my rhythm back in swimming. Monday my swim was cut short by lightening (foreshadowing stay tuned), then Wednesday I got my lazy butt out of bed for early practice which is hardly ever rained out, then Friday I did noon practice for an hour.
|This is a legit picture. They captured this alligator on hobie beach where I swam the very next day. I can't figure out how he got there because Alligators don't like salt water. So I'm thinking either he's a pet that was dumped or he got out from the seaquarium which is just a bit further up the beach. Either way he's not a great swim partner for sure.|
And in other news
This morning I registered for Ironman Lake Placid 2015. Woot woot. For some reason I'm really drawn to this race. I can't explain it because it's hilly, technical, cold and usually rainy. In fact this year the swim was cancelled mid-race for lightening. Eeek. That would be a little scary. Luckily nobody was hurt although there is apparently a lot of drama over the results. I actually wanted to sign up for it last year and didn't. So this year I did.