Well, we survived anothe crazy challenge. This weekend it was a brick. 45 minute run, 2 1/2 hour bike and 30 minute run.
I'm glad that it felt as good (not perfect) as it did. It did a lot for my confidence.
I made a few mistakes, prep-wise -- but that's what this is about; learning.
Got to bed pretty late the night before, so I took in as much sleep as possible. I didn't get up early enough to eat any solid food before, or even in time enough to eat a power bar, so there was my first mistake. I was out the door with nothing more than a half cup of coffee and a 20 oz. bottle of of water with a Nuun (which worked decent for the run)
My run was good, but slow of course. I'm not letting it bother me because it is what it is in this heat/humidity. If I can hang through the Summer I'll be that much better come the Fall.
Hopped on the bike armed with 3 bottles of Cytomax with a 1 T of whey protein each. I left my fig newtons in the fridge (mistake number 2), so that's all I had -- no solid food. My ride was good. I kept good speed and cadence. Was easily able to keep up with one of the other folks that coaches with the same folks. That made me feel pretty good. :)
We made a wrong turn had to back track. No big deal. Then a road we usually take was completely closed. We tried to find an alternate route, but the next road was completely torn up. We were only out 1:07 at this point... needed to be out 1:15 before turning back. We turned back anyway and with the tail win, made it back nearly 15 minutes faster than it took us to get out there!
At about 2 hours in though, I started to fade and my foot (again) started to ache. I think it was a combination of things...
1) Probably should have slowed down my effort to a speed I could more evenly keep.
2) Remembered my food/fuel
3) Not go so hard for so long.
4) Partially in my head... as I got closer to home and into the traffic, I just naturally slowed down; I still had to make up almost 30 minutes before I could stop!
Averaged about 16mph -- probably should have been closer to 17 to be representative of the majority of my ride, had I not made those few mistakes.
Of course for the second run it was hotter outside. Legs were spent, but I made it through and that's all I can ask for right now!
3000 yds of swimming today. :)