Sunday, March 02, 2014
Yesterday I did a fairly long swim. It was 2 kilometers - twice across and back Lake Cane in Orlando. I only rested once, for about 3 minutes before I started the second trip across and back. I had some leg cramps at the very end, so I felt like I had a really good workout.
Today I had a 45 mile bike ride on schedule, but my calves felt a little sore, I felt tired and I wasn't sure if I should do it. Then I thought, during the triathlon, I have to go long distances no matter how sore or tired I am, and this would be a good test on how I do on the bike when my muscles are fatigued. If I ever felt really sore or over tired, I could just go home and rest then.
I loaded up the bike with GUs (2 of them had caffeine) Fig Newtons, pretzel sticks (for salt) and two 20oz bottles of Gatorade. My intention was to eat more than last weeks 40 mile ride and see how it felt on my stomach and energy level. There were water faucets available near my route, so H2O wasn't going to be a problem.
I started out very slowly, consciously reserving energy for later. I played my long range mind game, telling myself that I was in for a long ride today, all day long if necessary to do the 45 miles. This way, 4 hours wouldn't feel as long as the possibility of an all day ride. Hey, it works for me.
I drank every 15 to 20 minutes and ate about 100 calories every half hour. I wasn't really hungry or thirsty, i just did it that way today. My energy level stayed constant all through the 4 hour ride. I took the caffeined GU at about an hour and a half in, and the other at 3 hours into the ride. I felt pretty good throughout this ride.
At some points I was really in the zone and hitting some high speeds, for me, like 17 and 18 mph. The bike felt awesome, smooth and easy to pedal. My butt wasn't so sore, and I'm really getting used to riding aero and using the lower bars. The ride had lots of turn arounds, and slow points entering traffic, which takes away from the mph average.
I did turn off my GPS watch for 5 minutes while I refilled my water bottles and stretched. Except for that one rest period, I was 'on the clock' whether I stopped or slowed for any reason.
So, I ended up doing 47 miles in 4 hours just under 12Mph average. That's not fast, for sure, but it is okay for a training run, during which I was fatigued from my previous training. I especially enjoyed the times when I was riding happy, at a good clip and feeling so comfortable on the bike. It just felt like the natural thing to do, and not as much work as it had on other days.
So, I have 3 more weeks of training and tapering to go. I won't be superbly trained, but well enough to complete this 70.3 mile triathlon.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.