When we took off, I ended up riding near my friend from earlier Rachael and a couple others. I stayed near them for the rest of the ride. We continued on the beautiful vineyard-lined country roads and up and down a few hills. I was really crusing along and hit some good speeds on the downhills- I went over 30 MPH for the first time ever! And I did it FOUR times. My max speed was 34! There were some long stretches with headwind, and I started to wear down. My ass muscles were on fire and I was pushing hard to keep the other riders in sight. Finally, we take our second and last break at about mile 43. I needed it too, not only to rest my ass but I was out of water. I'd been drinking plenty like a good girl and eating lots of luna moons and clif bar (practicing nutrition for race day). Coach Neil informed me that we were at the base of Chalk Hill which is supposed to be the big one on the course. They say it's not that bad it's just the fact that it comes so late in the ride. I would completely agree. It might have been a half mile but it's steep and has a couple bends, so you don't quite know where the top is. I made it up though and then flew down the other side. Finally we were getting close. Just a few flat miles back into town and we hammered.
bike 54.4 miles
Sweet!! So, that makes it my longest ride ever, my fastest average speed ever, and I hit my fastest max speed ever. I rule!
So now it's about 5:00 pm. I've completed the first two legs of a half iroman and I could easily curl up and fall asleep in the backseat of my car. But Coach Neil has other plans, a transition run! Allrighty, why not!
run: 3.5 miles
8:44 average pace
I was pretty much just shuffling along, counting down the minutes. I didn't feel terrible but I was tired and thirsty and ready to be done. I couldn't even imagine having to run another 10 miles but I have time to get ready for that, plus the run is my strength so I know I can pull it off.
As soon as I was done I had a nice conversation with the coach and Rachael and we packed it up and headed back in our seperate directions. I'll probably never see these people again, I mean they have other events but at that distance and the cost of gas, I think I'll pass. This one day was totally worth it though. I got an awesome training day in and a big confidence boost.
I grabbed a hot dog at a little shop in Windsor then hit the road. With the inevitable accident and backup on 101 I didn't get home until amost 8:00 pm. I had just enough energy to shower and hit a local establishment for some greasy dinner and a few beers. :) Here's a couple pics of me and my coach for the day and my new friend.
One last quick note, today we went out to Del Valle for a picnic and some beach-lounging and I swam for a while in the lake. Because I am greedy I'm counting it. I'll call it 500 y.
TOTALS for the week:
19.5 miles run, 114.2 miles bike, 5000 y swim
TOTAL training time: 12 hours.
Thanks for reading! :) Have fun at work tomorrow, suckers!!