So tomorrow (Saturday), I am headed way up north for a Vineman Course Preview day put on by Tri More Fitness. Yes, I emailed the coach to make sure it wasn't cancelled. I'm really looking forward to it! It's going to be a full day including swimming most or all of the 1.2 mile course, biking most of the bike course, and finishing with a 30 minute transition run. My goals are to not fall behind the group, learn what the bike course is like hill-wise so I can plan accordingly, practice my nutrition/hydration, and ask some questions I have about the logistics of the race (for one, what is with bike aid stations? do you stop? do they refill your water bottle? or is it just like a run aid station?). They provide SAG, water, and mechanical help, so hopefully they won't leave me to fend for myself on the Sonoma highways. I'll get some pictures and post a report when I'm done. Have a great weekend everyone! Happy breathing!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Pack a day
The air quality is still total shit, and it's been really frustrating. I have a little over 5 weeks until my first half ironman, I NEED to train outside! I did one run on the treadmill, and I skipped a swim workout, but I can't cut back my cycling time because I need so much work in that area. People at work were talking about how they didn't commute by bike because of the air, and how it's just not safe to exercise outside. So I have to pretty much lie about my workouts so they don't think I'm an idiot. They just don't understand.
You know who does understand, Donald. :( I couldn't believe it when I heard that Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run was canceled. What a giant let down. That's like cancelling Christmas for these guys and gals. I know it was in the interest of the athlete's health, but what a bummer. All my other fellow northern Nor Cal athletes, Aron, Pamela, and of course Zach, hang in there.
So, I did a long ride and a brick run last night in the yuck, and afterwards I felt like I'd smoked a pack of cigarettes. I guess that means if the ultra runners were allowed to race, they would feel like they smoked a couple of cartons, which can't be good. They could really have long-term damage.
For the record, I did used to smoke, and it was gross. Quitting was one of the many changes I made toward living a healthier life. I can't believe I voluntarily subjected my lungs to this crap. I guess you could say the same thing about training outdoors now...
Thursday pm: bike
30.3 miles/1:57:56/15.4 MPH
3.0 miles/26:12/8:44 average pace
I tried not to take off at a fast pace like I tend to do off the bike. It's that weird feeling of going from flying on the bike to hardly moving when running. Plus, your legs feel all weird and sort of numb. As a result, I usually end up running like 7:00 per mile. That ain't gonna fly at the HIM! I've read too many race reports about people totally blowing up on the run, so I'm determined to pace myself. Last night I did really good: 8:51, 8:53, 8:28.