It has been a pretty good first week in my Beach to Battleship IM training. I missed one swim day due to the weather, but otherwise I have gotten all my training in and feel pretty good. I even managed to get up at 4:15 AM twice without being overly tired. My running, while slow is getting more consistent. Saturday night, I was actually able to run for 25 minutes without a walk break. Sure it was an 11:30 pace, but my legs felt great. Today is a recovery day and my legs feel good and I am looking forward to being back on the bike tomorrow morning at 4:15
Week 1 consisted of almost 10.5 hours of training. The most I have done in a long time. I Swam twice for a total of almost 4000 meters. I was on the bike 4 times (including one brick) for a total of 95.87 miles in a little lest then 5.5 hours and ran almost 17 miles in 3.5 hours.
Saturday morning I got up and rode the Lifetime Fitness Alpharetta ride. This ride was my first off the trainer since September 28th, 2008. I really wasnt sure what to expect having not ridden this route before and not having ridden the road in a good long time. This was one tough ride. Every time I got over one hill, there was another one. It felt like there were no flats to be found. When it was flat, my legs felt good and I could hit 20+ mph without too much problem. Unfortunately, every time I hit a longer or steeper hill, my speed slowed to like 5mph. At one point, I felt like I could have walked the bike faster. There was great scenery and it was a great training ride.I think it was the hardest ride I have ever done. I managed to average 15mph. As long as my training plan fits with the timing of it, I plan on doing this ride to build more strength in my legs. I really want to focus on getting stronger on the bike.
My run will come along as I stay consistent with my training and as I lose the excess weight I put on. I think I have a lot of room to make gains on the bike with some effort. In fact, May was my highest volume of cycling so far and my training has just begone
Totals for May:
Swim: 10,100 Meters
Bike: 241.97 Miles
Run: 36.51 Miles
I think I have found my new choice for long distance fueling. After doing lots of reading and pricing out several items, I have settled on perpeteum. I picked up a container of the orange flavored variety and liked the taste. It tastes almost like an orange creamsicle. I like the fact that I can mix 1 bottle with up to four hours of fuel. For my IM I plan on having two 3 hour bottles:1 on the bike and one at special needs. I havent decided if I will premix the special needs one or mix it when I get there, but two bottles will cover my entire nutrition need on the bike. To keep it cold, I have found that the new Camelback Insulated bottles are great. they have the camelback nipple, they are insulated, and they are supposed to be antimicrobial. Two and a half hours into a really hot ride and it was still cool.
I dont know yet what I will do on the run yet. I recently discovered Cliff Mojo bars. I especially love their PB one that is salty and sweet. For the run, I may use gels and the mojo bars. The one good thing for me this year is that both my 1/2 and my full are run by the same company, so the fueling will be hammer products on both courses. My only issue may be gels, because I am not a big fan of Hammer gels.
Well, I need to be heading to bed. Gotta be up at 4:15 to get on the bike