I wore the clothes I'm pretty sure I'll race in. My De Soto 400 mile shorts and one of my Tyr racing tank tops. I did buy some De Soto Forza tri shorts hoping they would do the trick since they have a smaller pad, but they are low cut so it feels like I have plumber butt when I wear them :-). They probably fit better on skinnier people. Maybe I'll be able to race in them someday.
So I got all my gear and nutrition together (no trivial task) and headed out. I rode my bike to the Y to swim and when I got there (only 0.4 miles from my house) I realized I forgot the key to my bike lock. I just got the lock and this was the inaugural use. So I road back home, got it and biked back to the Y. After putting all my stuff in my locker, I headed in to swim. Swimming in the 400 mile shorts was no problem, but I never really got in to a good rhythm. I did take in a couple mouthfuls of water, so that was good practice for NOLA :-). Swimming with a guy that was lapping me about every five laps, wasn't much fun. At least I was lapping the guy in the next lane at about the same rate. I'm a slow swimmer and I'm in the second to last wave at NOLA. I probably won't be DFL out of the water, but I'll be close. That's ok, it will be fun passing hundreds of people on the bike.
After the swim, I biked home, dropped the swim bag by the garage door and headed out. It was a beautiful day and quite windy as usual for spring in the Midwest. Winds were 15 mph from the WNW gusting to 20+. It was fun pushing 23 mph on level ground when I was heading due east. Someday I'll be able to push that without wind assistance. I rode at race pace trying to keep my hr between 150 and 155. That's upper zone 2 for me. I should be able to ride lower zone 3 for 3 hours so I might push it a bit. I ate a cliff bar (240 calories) the first hour and drank about 10 ounces of water with it. That's a bit low on the water. On the second hour I drank 20 ounces or Ironman Perform (175 calories), that is low on the calories and I could feel my legs fading in the last 30 minutes. I think I'll stick with water and go with GU gel or chomps for my calories. My ride was scheduled for 2:15 but I cut it short to an 1:55 due to my other commitment.
|Pic from Tuesday, I didn't stop on the brick.|
|New shoes with Yankz laces. What do you do with the ends?|
|Typical salt stains on my jacket.|
Then it was a quick frozen pizza and off to church.
I'm ready, but this is gonna hurt......
One last question. To shave or not to shave? My previous thoughts on shaving my legs were that cleaning up road rash is just an excuse because bikers like the way their shaved legs look. I mean really, how many times do bikers really hit the deck? Well, after having several rabbits run in front of me on recent rides while in aero position (read no handling or access to brakes) I'm reconsidering. I'm actually surprised I didn't go down this week. I'm just not sure I want to do the maintenance all summer.