Has-Been Ironman competitor makes his was back to being fit and accomplishing lofty goals :)
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Finally, a day sans doom & gloom! I kicked the day off with a strong ride this morning! I hit that darn snooze button once, but I made up for it by eating WHILE riding. My early morning routine usually has me relax a moment on the sofa while snacking on some crackers and a bannana while the mind still wakes up. This time, I just nibbled while on the bike. It was so much more efficient, I just found myself an extra 9 minutes of sleep! Yay me!
It helps that I'm in the middle of watching the 2006 Paris-Roubaix. I just completed 3 of the 4 hours, what an awesome video! I am also working on Tour du Flanders which I am about halfway on. Watching hardcore cyclists at work while on the trainer is really inspiring.
Mrs. LoTC has been good to me, so I guess I could
finish building her bike for her... :)
I had a productive day at the office. I had time to finalize the loooooong list of parts and toys to complete Mrs. LotC's bike. The carbon frame, fork, seatpost, cages have been sitting here looking lonely. I've spec'd out everything over the past month and built up a great balance of high-end components with expensive lightweight sh!t. This bike is going to be crazy fast and light! I want one! Of course I slipped a few things in there for myself. I'll post pics when they arrive. Exciting nonetheless!
I had such a great run tonight. With my IT Band driving me nuts, it was nice to run pain-free for the most part. My knee is showing a bit of swelling but it went down by the end of the day so I decided to stay true to the plan - Speed Run!!! A short 10Km jaunt on my usual route but at a quicker pace. Wow that felt great! I pinned my HR just high enough to make this a challenge. I even forced some burn in the legs on the hills, it was rejuvinating! I've been stuck in the montony of aerobic boredom that I forgot about how fun pain can be! Feell the burn baby! I still felt strong by the end, I think I'm seeing me break through another level and knock the next 20 seconds off my pace.
45 DAYS!!!%%@##@! ZOMG!%!!!
Yes. I just spazzed out. Around The Bay Race is just around the corner. Only a couple more long runs and it is here! I've been contemplating my run nutrition. I don't know how to fuel myself on the long runs, outside of hammer gel. I'm also thinking about what to have for breakfast that morning. Maybe a coffee? I'm not much a coffee drinker, just one a day in the afternoon to keep my sharp, so is that something I should use to boost me in the morning? Red Bull? I hate that stuff, but maybe I can mix it with something? I only mention Red Bull because it seems to be the staple of every endurance athelets pre-race diet. Sick. I'm going to have to experiment more. This will be the first running race I have ever done. I've never done a 5 or 10 of half marathon. Well, I did do that Ironman 70.3 but there was a small swim and bike before that run. Regardless, a run-only race is new to me. 30Km seems realllly far. *Gulp*