On Saturday I knocked off 79.71 miles in 4:06:50 for a 19.38 mph avg. Um, I learned a valuable lesson on this ride. DONT GO TOO HARD IN THE FIRST HALF!!!!! (*cough* Lake Placid *cough*)
I did a 40 mile loop twice. My Ego-O-Meter shot up to an 11 out of 10 and I hammered it too much thinking, "Oh, I'll be THE MAN on the second loop." WRONG!!!! I positive split the 2nd loop by exactly 3 mins (not good) and thought my legs were going to fall off by the end. I started to dread the 45 min brick run that I had to do next.
|Oh the carnage! 8 Gu's and 450 calories of Infinit got me through the ride.|
Now onto the run. Remember how I mentioned that my legs were going to fall off and that amputation might be the only remedy? Well, I started running and my legs felt PHENOMENAL!!!! Like I have NEVER EVER felt my legs feel SO good before! Here I am having just knocked off my longest ride in about two years thinking that I wasn't going to finish the bike to now I feel like I could sprint a marathon? Crazy!
Oh! And it gets better! Let me show you a formula:
Remember how I was saying the weather was perfect? Well it started to downpour on me very early into my run (yes, I timed out my ride perfectly!). Me + Running + Rain = A happy fast running me. My run turned into 5.75 miles in 45 mins flat for a 7:49 pace after an 80 mile ride.
BAM!!!! GET SOME!!!!
This was a big confidence boosting workout. Yes, I was dead by the end of the workout, but it really showed me that doing Lake Placid is a possibility. It also showed me that I better get used to UBER long bike rides and long days in general.
*Gonna nerd out here for a few regarding nutrition*
I downed 96 oz of liquids and 1,250 calories total for the ride and run. Breakfast was ~1000 calories. 2250 calories total taken in. I burned off 2,611 kj (calories) during the ride and between 518 and 575 calores on the run for a total burn of ~3140 calories, bringing me to about a ~900 calorie deficit. Good? Bad? I felt fine and in fact was not hungry for a full hour after the workout. But an hour later I was ravenous. I ate prolly 700+ during that meal. Then a few hours later I was ravenous again and had a fullfilling dinner of sushi, salad, and ice cream. I was good for the rest of the night after that.
*Done Nerding Out*
Sunday's workout was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay slower than Saturday's. The goal was to do an hour easy run followed by an easy 2 hour bike. Easy was not a choice, it was the ONLY thing my body was capable of doing! Ever felt like being stuck in 2nd gear? Yeah, that was me! My legs didn't hurt, they just had the energy sucked out of them.
In fact, after the 60 min run, the first 10 mins on the bike my body didn't feel right; my body just felt funny! haha! My butt hurt more sitting down than my legs I think. Wound up with 6.73 miles in 60 mins for an 8:54 pace followed by 33.56 miles in 120 mins for a 16.81 mph average. Yep! Waaaaaaaaay slower!
Overall for the weekend, I wound up with 113.27 miles on the bike, but only 12.48 miles run. No worries about the run. I have two hours of running on Tuesday! My coach has split up the long ride and run by a few days to allow proper recovery.
Good start for a first "Ironman" training weekend. I am sure I will look back at this weekend and say, "Oh how cute!"