Another Week Done
Monday started out with a 15.2 mile run. I’d expected my legs to be a bit tired from the 100 miler Saturday, but I felt great the entire run. This run was actually the best long run I’ve had in weeks. 2:30:11 at an average heart rate of 152.
Tuesday was a fairly easy day with only one workout, an hour on the trainer.
Wednesday I was in the pool for 3k in the morning and on the bike for 2 hours in the afternoon.
Thursday was a fairly easy day with only a 5.6 mile run.
Friday was another swim-bike-run brick. I started out about 6am with a 3k swim. It was misting rain when I got to the Y to swim. The forecast had called for rain, but I’d hoped the skies would clear long enough for me to get my bike and run finished. When I walked out of the Y after my swim, the mist had turned into a downpour. I headed home and got on the trainer for 2 boring hours. The rain was still coming down when I got off the trainer, so I jumped on the treadmill for my 45 minute run. I finished up the run, had some breakfast and took it easy the remainder of the day.
Saturday’s forecast only looked slightly better than Friday’s. As I headed out Saturday morning for the planned 6 hours, I was almost certain I’d get drenched at some point of the ride. About 10 minutes into the ride the sun came up and I could see deep clear blue in most of the sky. Then about 45 minutes later the sun was gone and the clear blue was replaced with dark gray threatening clouds. This continued for the next 6 hours…but with no rain! However…..the wind blew quite a bit….somehow always in my face…which made the going a bit tough at times. But I was glad to not get soaked. Friday night I’d taken my truck (loaded with gels, Gatorade and water) and parked it at a convenience store out on the route I’d planned to ride. My ride ended perfectly right back at the store. 103.62 miles, 6:00:20, 17.2mph avg, 150 avg heart rate. I loaded up my bike and made the 15 minute drive back home. I opted for the treadmill for my 20 minute run.
Today is my rest day and I'm going to take full advantage of it.
I closed out the week with just under 18 hours of training…my biggest ever.
6 weeks til race day…….
On a personal note, my Step-Dad found out a couple weeks ago that he has bladder cancer. It’s a direct result of exposure to Agent Orange during his service time in Vietnam. All tests show the cancer is contained in the bladder and hasn’t spread to any other parts of his body. The doctors say it is very treatable and may not require anything beyond surgery. The surgery is to take place October 3.
Please keep RC in your thoughts and prayers.