Sunday, August 15, 2010
The best training day yet!
Thank you goodness I figured out bi-lateral breathing. The waved were crashing on my previously strong side, had I not been able to move to the other side I would have been full of water in no time.
After a relaxing swim the marker was no real, not a dot in the distance! I picked up my pace a little for the last 700m knowing that I could spend the tank on my way in as it was almost over. At 1:12:26 I touched the wall on my first open water 3.8k(IM distance swim) I was happy as could be having knocked off that time in those conditions. The times were significantly slower than last years race(9 minutes consistently) due to the conditions. My finish was 25 out of 64 with many of the swimmers being veterans in the water, so my day in the water was a total success!
The water was not the end of the day, only the start! Before long I was on my saddle for a long ride with some friends. We headed out north of the city to play on some hills and put some quality miles in. The day was near perfect as we headed out, very little wind slight cloud cover to shelter from the sun. It made for a nice ride overall. As we got into the hills, the group started to play apart a bit. Some newer riders got eaten by the first one. A nice switch back road that gets steeper each corner you turn. THe last section has to be 15% after 2 other steep sections, it is a real killer but an awesome feeling when you crest the top and roll away! We did a few other big ones as well, not as nasty but not easy. A great way to build some strength in the legs and to work on good recovery! Overall the day was a 140km ride at a good pace.
As in any big training day, it could not be left without a run. So, off the bike into the running shoes for a t-run. It felt great. I did a short one as I have a long one coming up, but my pace, my HR and my head were into the groove and I had a great finish to an awesome training day!
As I am now 27 days from GO time, yesterday served as an awesome confidence builder leading up. I have 2 more weeks of hard training to make it better and I am looking forward to them. WOW! This trip has been so much fun!
Thank you to all of you who leave comments , write blogs and inspire me to love this like I do! Cheers!