OMG! I don’t remember these nerves last year during training. I know I’ve been training more, and longer, this year, but I think I’m more nervous than last year!
This past weekend I had a crazy training weekend! I went up to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend with some CTC friends Tiffany & Wei. We participated in the Wisconsin Brick Adventure weekend, which is a great way to get up and do some race-simulation training on the course. The weekend started on Friday with our LONG drive up to Madison, and then headed to a BBQ dinner shortly after we checked into our hotel. Saturday morning we started out the day with a swim, and then headed out for a 106 mile bike ride! We did the full IMWI bike course, minus the 3 miles from the Monona Terrace to our hotel near the Alliant Energy Center. Here are some highlights from the ride:
- Getting a flat tire 7 miles into the course. Thank you, staple.
- Fixing that flat mostly by myself. Thank you, cyclist guys who were helpful but very clear they didn’t know my CO2 adapter, nor my bike.
- Keeping the ride as easy as possible the first 60-90 minutes. I think I did pretty well.
- Keeping well hydrated throughout the ride. I was averaging 1.8 24-oz bottles of water or HEED throughout the ride. GOOD-this means no dehydration!
- I felt strong at the end of the ride!
Afterward, I headed out for a 40 minute transition run. While my Garmin decided to be wonky and not actually collect data, it felt OK and I think I ran at a decent pace.
We fueled up that evening with burgers and the best tater tots at Side Bar, a pub just off of Madison’s State Street, and then enjoyed a part of the evening out on the UW Student Union Terrace.
Sunday Morning we headed out for a run on the IMWI run course! While the run course is a 13.1 mile “loop” (it folds in on itself, great for spectators!), I ran a shorter version and then straight back to our hotel. It was hot & humid out, and I was sweating like a pig. But I kept an OK pace, and kept hydrating, fueling & salting well. I was definitely happy when this run was complete, and I was able to get back inside to the air conditioning!
At the end of the weekend, I was sleepy-tired, but not necessarily physically exhausted.
Its funny how this Ironman training goes. I should be more confident, more ready. Instead this week I’m in the “ready for this to be over” mode, where I can just sleep all weekend long if I so choose. And I am sleeping a decent amount, about 7 hours per night. yes, it could be more, but I do enjoy seeing family and friends, and I do have a job.
Anyway, as we move into the PEAK of Ironman training, I’ll be taking a step back in frequency from the blog. You probably saw that coming, didn’t you?! Have a great Tuesday!