So most of my plans for this weekend have changed. We decided not to drive to South Carolina today with gas prices likely to be going back up due to the hurricane. With the race on Sunday, we will get up there early enough on Saturday to scope the course.
On Saturday, I did run the full 13 miles. I tried to intentionally take them slow. The story for that run was my dang fuel belt. A while back, I said I needed to get a new one. Well I held out until after Saturdays run. I had it as tight as it could go, but it was still bouncing too much. I kept dropping bottles. Ugh! That also helped to slow me down. Saturday afternoon, I headed to Fleet Feet and bought a new amphipod fuel belt. Saturdays total: 13 miles 2:18:34 avg pace 10:39/mile.
As slow as I took it, I knew afterwards that doing the full brick might not be the best idea since it would not give me a true feel for how fully rested legs would feel on race day. So since my new cassette cam in on Saturday afternoon, I decided to install it and take my bike to Stone Mountain for a two hour ride. I pushed myself through the 5 mile super hilly loop. This was my first time doing Stone Mountain on my new bike. While I was still under 10 mph on the worst hills, with my new casette I was able to keep my rpms up so my legs felt fresh.
28.86 Miles 1:49:01
approx 3800 ft total ascent/descent
Once I was done with my ride, I decided to hike up to the top of stone mountain. I had never done it before, and it's not something Cathy has wanted to do. It climbs almost 1000 feet in the mile hike up the mountain. WIth all the rocks to step up to, it ended up being a great way to stretch my legs. I enjoyed the climb, and the great views from the top of the mountain.
Today will likely be an off day and its back to serious training tomorrow. It looks like I will do my big brick on Saturday this weekend.
Totals for August
Swim: 7800 Meters - Still dealing with nagging shoulder pain
Bike: 226.43 Miles
Run: 73.32 Miles