Thursday pm: bike
20.1 miles/1:20:02/14.8 MPH
Iron Horse Trail solo
Plus brick run
2.0 miles/13:58/6:59 average pace
Yay! I hope I still have some energy left for the tri this weekend! I took it pretty easy on the bike and had a pretty good headwind for several miles (headwind is the Iron Horse's middle name. Iron"Headwind" Horse). Then I practiced a quick T2 including dismounting my bike about 50 feet from my garage and running along in my bike shoes holding onto the handlebars. When I watched Zach's Napa Tri a few weeks ago I saw several people struggling to control their bike as they hurried along, so I knew I should practice it. Then I "racked" my bike (leaned it against the wall) and changed into my running shoes. Easy Laces are awesome! They are basically elastic laces so you just slip your foot in and the shoe is tight and ready to go. I started my run and immediately had some near-cramps in my left calf. I kept running, focusing on short even steps. By 1/4 mile I was fine. I cranked out the first mile in 7:04 and the second in 6:54. :O To be honest, I did stop a couple times. I had to wait to cross a street twice, and I had to stop to type in the code to get into my apt complex. And I needed those breaks! Still, cool. :) Hope I can manage something close to that tomorrow! We'll see though.
Oh, also, my left leg is really sore today. It's been kinda bothering a me little all week but more today. It's in the quad/hip flexor area. I think it's from cycling, because I really noticed it on the ride last night. It hurts to go up stairs, and to, um, bear weight. Not too bad but noticeable. Today I'll rest and I'm taking Sunday (the day after the race) off too, then I'll see how I feel early next week. It's been a while since I had a pain/injury but I know the drill. For now, I'm putting it out of my mind and thinking positive about my race! :) Thanks for reading.