Well yesterday was supposed to be a brick day. I woke up early but didnt feel right. I have been fighting allergies and asthma for the last few weeks. And the last week my asthma has been bad. So I decided to scrap the brick at least for the AM. If I felt better I could get on the trainer and run in da hood. I knew Cathy had also expressed interest in going to the gym to swim. So I decided to swap my days and swim on Sunday and try to do my brick on Monday.
So the swim plan for Sunday was a total of 1825 yds. The two main sets were 5*100 Base intervals then 7*75 Sprints. My splits were decent (58.57,59.16,1:01.34,1:02.12,1:01.97). It was consistent with last weeks sprints. I am glad at least I can pace myself well when swimming.
Tonight was going to be a brick. I drove out to Buford to do the Board n Bike Monday night ride. The Plan had called for 70 followed by a 10 min run. I got there early enough to get started so I could get my whole bike in. I felt pretty good. Unfortunately as seems to be the case on the bike, I went out too fast. I was close the front of the group for about the first 5-10 minutes. By then my legs felt great, my HR wasnt too bad, but my breathing was aweful. As soon as I had a chance, I backed off and never really caught back up. Through the rest of the ride I tried to push myself without getting out of breath. I had to take it really easy up my nemesis of this ride "the hill". Normally I try to push myself, because hills are my weak point. When I got back to my car, I threw my bike in the car, took a puff of my inhaler and tried to head out for a quick brick. Well I made it a few blocks and had to stop. While my legs felt great and my hr was down, my breathng was aweful. I didnt want to push it.
During the ride, I did have some thoughts about my cycling. I think I need to practice more on choosing the right gear. I think too often I am pushing too big a gear. I feel like Ive got a decent amount of power, but I am wearing myself out too fast. I also think this is related to my minor on and off pain in my right knee. That and I think when I am pushing hard, I am pushing down more with my right knee.
Putting my schedule together combined with looking at my training results has me doing alot of thinking. Based on Friday's good long run I think I need to push myself a little faster on my long runs. Unfortunately, this means running ahead of my normal group. There are a few runners who run faster, but they are not always there. I think I am going to start pushing my LSD pace to around 9/9:15 instead of 10:15. Its amazing it only took me 6 years to make real progress. I will never skip out on speed work again. I am getting really antsy to race since I am making all this progress. I have also been looking at my schedule and thinking how I may fit a marathon into it. I figure if I can get through a 6+ hour 70.3 race, a 4 hour marathon shouldnt be too bad. I dont know if I can squeeze one in before the end of the year, or if I should wait early 2009. There is a full marathon about a month after my 70.3 race, so to do that one, I would need to fit in a few 15+ milers into my 70.3 training and then do a 20 miler between my 70.3 and the Marathon. I know it may be crazy, but right know I feel like I can do anything if I train properly.
One final note: I am determined to suffer no more with allergies and asthma. I have made an appointment to go see an Allergy/Asthma specialist. I saw one last year and didnt have the greatest results. I dont want to suffer through Asthma any more. I dont care if it takes drugs, shots, or whatever. I am sick of suffering through this. My breathing is definitely hampering my training. I need to have this worked out before next month when I start my 70.3 training.