The weather was absolutely perfect for the event. Cool and sunny with the high reaching about 70. We started off at 11 and ran to the Y for a 2100 yard swim. I haven't been swimming much so I wasn't really looking forward to this part. I felt amazingly good. Maybe there is something to be said for being well rested and hydrated. I changed before and after the swim do there were two extra transitions.
|Coming in from the swim|
|Heading out on the bike|
|Ryan and Annie ringing cow bells.|
The bike was good once I got my hr under control. For the first 15 minutes, my hr was in zone 4 which is unsustainable. I slowed down until it was upper zone 2/lower zone 3 and did a pretty good job keeping it there. I was able to drink some Infinite ride formula every 10 minutes with no trouble. Once two bottles were gone, I switch to water and had half a GU. Total calories in ~600 with about 32 ounces of water.
|Coming in from the bike|
I felt pretty good coming off the bike, but knew the run was going to be rough. My jacket had salt stains all over it so I planned to take one salt capsule every loop and a half a GU every other loop along with some water.
|Getting ready to run|
|starting lap 3 or 4|
Overall, I would say my fitness just isn't there yet to have a great race. Maybe I skipped too many workouts. Maybe I didn't go hard enough in some of the workouts. Maybe it's time to follow a different plan. Lots of maybes. I did decide that I won't decide on the season next year for at least a week. With all that said, I didn't have any bad aches or pains during the race and I felt well enough after the race to cook for a bunch of people. The next day I wasn't overly tired or sore either. I's say I was in good enough shape for a good race. I just need to figure out what it will take for a great race.
I weighed myself before and after the race and I lost 9 pounds or about 5.6% of my body weight. That seems a little high, but I'm not sure what I can do about it.
Total = 7:03:58 - 156
10:21:08 - run 0.5 mile to Y, check in and change
10:13:18 - 500 yards
1:00:48 - rest (wimp)
11:02:66 - 500 yards
1:00:44 - rest
13:45:25 - 600 yards
11:42:37 - 500 yards
12:58:93 - change and run 0.5 miles home
3:12:37 - bike 55.7 - ave hr 157
2:04:32 - bike-run transition - ave hr 142
24:25:55 - 2.5 mile loop 1 - ave hr 168
1:33:47 - chat with spectators
28:25:86 - 2.5 mile loop 2 - ave hr 162
4:01:90 - chat and put bandaids on nipples - ave hr 149
29:20:65 - 2.5 mile loop 3 - ave 159
1:44:23 - chat - ave hr 148
34:15:61 - 2.5 mile loop 4 - puked at the start of this lap and walked/runned it - ave hr 147
1:31:13 - chatted - ave hr 150
31:54:14 - 2.5 mile loop 5 - ave hr 148
Overall it was great to have a goal to keep training for. It was tougher to keep going without people lining the course than I thought it would be, but we got it done.
That Is SUPER mike! Just great! You DID it!
Was it just so nice not to have the pressure of a hundred zillion other people in your face the entire time?
Sounds like a ton of fun...and I would much prefer the less-stressed HIM to an expensive, packed, nerve-wracking on any day!
Did you get a medal?;D You DID finish first in your age division after all:D
So amazing that you did this on your own!
Man...you beat me by an hour...and that, boys and girls, is the benefit of training.
I think a big difference on the run was the lack of spectators. It's always hard to push when you're on your own. Especially when your "competition" is too busy trying to catch her breath to be breathing down your neck. :)
This was a lot of...well, "fun" is the wrong word :D...but what a great experience. Thanks for letting me play along!
Awesome! I don't even understand this HIM talk but it is soooo impressive to me!!
This is such an awesome idea!!! What a great push to do all this on your own! Congrats on your private HIM finish!!!
Wow! Great job! I could never have done that on my own... I'm clearly lacking motivation.
Did you tell your friends, "I coulda used more cowbell!!"??? lol
What a great idea. I love the fact that you had spectators there and aid stations for you and the other competitors.
I think you are not taking in enough calories on the bike. We need approximately 2x body weight in calories per hour. I take in ~250-300 per hour and I weigh 140lbs.
600 calories over 3 hours is 200 cal/hr and unless you weight 100lbs is probably too few. This will also help you with your electrolytes to help set you up for a good run.
I was thinking the same thing that Jason said. Regardless this was an amazing idea.
I can't believe you lost 9 pounds and hurled and this wasn't even a "real" race. You ROCK! You and Kate are my heroes!
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