Chasing a Dream

Chasing a Dream
John and I with our LP finishers medals

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Recap of century bike ride and a tough week coming up

On June 13th I did a century bike ride with John, Matt and 3 other guys we ride with frequently.  It was supposed to be a hot and humid day and I was hoping to average somewhere in the mid-17 mph range.

It started out overcast and we set out at 7am to meet the other three guys and then ride the 15 miles up to the start of the ride in Burton.  It was nice to have our 15 miles in before we 'officially' registered and started.

This is a ride that included a total of about 600 people and they could choose 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles total.  We set out on the first loop which was 25 miles long.  We had just that week gotten our new bike kits and so we were dressed as a team, so it was cool to be riding pretty fast, passing lots of people and looking fast in our team gear.  About halfway through the loop a group of guys passes us and I knew we were in for a workout.  Of course, Joe heads out after them and we speed up to the mid-20s and merge with their group.  I work pretty hard to stay with them for the majority of the rest of the loop and then we all take a rest stop and get back together at the end of that loop.

The heat of the day never arrives and it turns out to be a great day to ride, we had a little rain while on the next loop which was 38 miles long.  I really felt very strong the whole day and never had that feeling that I REALLY wanted OFF the bike.  The 100 miles actually went by fast and I felt good all the way through the end.  In total we were 5:29 on the bike and averaged 18.2 miles per hour.  The first two hours our average was above 19 and then fell of quite a bit in the last hour.

John and I left the next morning for Punta Cana.  Had a great relaxing four days there.

I have a little over a week home sandwiched between my trip to Punta Cana last week (which was amazing) and our family trip to Canada over the week of the 4th of July.  I worked out in Punta Cana doing some running and swimming in the ocean.  And we do a ton of open water swimming in Canada and a little running.  But...they neither of those weeks are HIGH end training.

So in these ten days in the middle I am really attempting to push the envelope on my training.  This is the plan that I am already part of the way through:

Saturday June 19th: 10 miles at 9:30 pace
Sunday: 40 miles on the bike (18mph pace) followed my 4 mile run/ Abs
Monday: 30 minutes Lifting / 2500meter swim

Tuesday: 7 Yassos on the track hitting 3:50 for each 800 repeat (total of about 6 miles)/ Abs
Wednesday: 30 minutes lifting/ 2000meter swim/ 25+ miles on the bike
Thursday: 5 mile run/Abs
Friday: 30 minutes lifting/ 2500meter swim/ speed workout on the bike
Saturday: 11 mile run
Sunday: 50+ miles on the bike followed by 4-5 mile run/Abs

Monday: 30 minutes lifting/ 2500 meter swim
Tuesday: 5-6 mile Tempo run

Then we leave for Canada Tuesday night.

I am less than six weeks out from Steelhead 70.3 half ironman.  I am feeling very comfortable with where I am on my bike training.  But the swimming needs lots of work and I am in need of finding some SPEED on my run.  Hoping to move forward with the training !!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My love affair with my bike...

I have had this post rolling around in my head for weeks.  I am finally done with school, and here I am on my first day of summer break getting to put these thoughts down.

I am on my bike 5 or more hours almost every week of the year when the weather is nice.  This winter I was religious about getting a GOOD hour workout in on the trainer three times a week.  So my bike and I have spent a lot of time together.  And I do feel a strong attachment to my bike and biking in general.

I think for me there are a few reasons that I put my love of biking above my love of the run or swim:

1.  First and foremost, it is a workout that I can do with the people I love.  I ride with John, Matt and just recently added Lizzie.  I can't run with them, they are faster than I am.  I can swim with them, but there is very little conversation going on during a swim workout.  But we can ride together, and do ride together FOR HOURS.  It is a very bonding experience, and I feel absolutely blessed that as a family we can share this.

John, Matt and I (along with some other guys we ride with) are doing a century ride this Sunday.  We did it last year also.  The experience of doing something that tough, together, was amazing.

2.  You can go so far on a bike, and see so much in just  a few hours.  A few weeks ago John and I went out on a Sunday 30+ mile ride.  We started in the NE edge of the county where we live and rode through a large part of the eastern part of the county.  7-8 different towns, and all kinds of different landscapes.

3.  You can ride for 3 or 4 or more hours and it isn't hard on your joints.  You may be tired if you ride hard.  And your 'seat' may be a little sore. knees and hips don't take the beating that they would if I even went out for a 2 hour run.

4.  I love going fast, and feeling the wind blow past me.  I like how powerful I feel on the bike.  It is an exhilerating experience.  It is definitely my strength in the triathlon.  And I guess we like the things we are good at. 

I do have two main enemies while I am on the bike-->  HEADWINDs and Sucky Roads that are in need of a good paving.  Both of those things just suck the joy out of a ride for me.  Of course I never mind a good tail wind.

John, Matt and I after a very rainy ride last year!

Half ironman training is going well.  I have a lot of running and a lot of biking in.  I am officially on week 7 of my 12 week training plan.  Unfortunately, there has been NO swimming in there.  No pool time available.  Next week we are in Punta Cana and so will definitely get some swimming in every day either in the pool or the ocean.  A few weeks later we are in a cabin in Canada, where we will do open water swims in the river every day with wetsuits on.  And now that school is out I will be able to get some pool time in.
Steelhead 70.3 is coming soon (July 31)!!

"Almost" Vegan eating meat and very little dairy or egg product.  Trying to kick my sugar habit to the curb...  That will need a whole post later!