Monday, August 15, 2005

What a weekend!

I had one of the best training weekends of the season. I met up with my usual training group (Jason, Ed, Kyson) at the lake and we started out with a 30 minute open water swim. Watch out for the hydrilla! For anyone not familiar with this stuff, imagine rough seaweed that lurks about 12 inches under the water. If you drift too close to the shore it tangles around your legs and arms and can be a bit of a shock.

After the swim we headed out for a 70 mile ride. Little did we know it was the 13th of August and Ed has had bad experiences on this day in the past. So of course he blew a tire 2.5 miles into the ride. Then the winds kicked up and were in our face for the first 10-12 miles. We drafted each other but still only maintained about 18-19 mph. The turnaround was much needed and the 26-27 mph on the next 10 miles was a welcome break. Kyson and Jason sped off at 30+ mph while Ed and I hung back and conserved a little energy for the rest of the day.

We did our standard hills including "The Wall." That climb has got to be every bit of 35-40 degrees of incline. It is short but brutal. If you are not careful you can lose traction on your rear wheels. There is no sitting down for this one. We have yet to see a car drive up "The Wall."

The curse of the 13th struck as Kyson had his rear derailleur break at about mile 55. We made the decision to cut the ride a little short and head back to the truck in order to pick him up. Total distance rode 62 miles. Afterward, enjoyed a great bacon cheeseburger with crispy fries (Ed and Kyson will only eat very crispy fries).

Overall, I felt good on the ride. I did not push it too hard and rather chose to concentrate on my nutrition and hydration strategy. I was able to consume 250-280 calories per hour. That should be enough to get me through the bike portion of the 1/2 Ironman an onto the run.

Speaking of running, Kyson and I ran 10 miles on Sunday morning. It was by no means fast but we did maintain a steady pace. The heat and humidity were unbearable. My shoes have still not dried out from all the sweat. The best news is that my knee did not flare like it has on other long runs. This is the first time I have run 10 consecutive miles. My plan is to repeat a 10-11 mile run two more times before the 1/2 Ironman race.

Distance for the week:
Swim 7500 yards
Bike 110 miles
Run 23 miles

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