Because I have the NYC Marathon in exactly 12 weeks, I can't tie myself up to a pole and become tenderized meat yet, so I still need to keep trucking.
On Saturday I did my longest run yet since Placid, a 75 min easy run. Well 20 minutes into the run I finally woke up and realized I was pushing a low 8 min pace. I haven't felt this light and fast during a run in about 2 or 3 months, so I just went with it. This turned out to be a test of how recovered I am. I think an 8:08 pace (for me) is a confirmation of full recovery, especially in gross fumid conditions.
Sunday I just rode for 90 minutes naked. What a chafe! No seriously, my Garmin decided to freeze and crap out of me NO JOKE 90 seconds before I started my ride. What? How? Gggrrrr.....
Still turned out to be a great ride. Legs were smooth and I mashed it up a few hills. For you future Ironman, just wait for 2 weeks post race. All of that fatigue will be gone and you are gonna feel like SUPERMAN!
With all of this spare time I now have, I am getting back into another hobby of mine (wait, is Triathlon a hobby anymore?) which is brewing beer. Yep! Making aLk-Ee-hAuL.
|5 gallons of pure wonderfullness!|
Finally, I am going to leave you with parts of a letter from my step grandfather. Mind you he is 85 and from a MUCH different generation that most of us. He means well and has a lot of good stuff to say, but his misunderstanding of our endurance lifestyle really cracks me up and most importantly, makes me feel PROUD. Here are a few excerpts of a letter he wrote to the entire family:
"Congratulations! - Jon - And let's not do that again any time soon. It distresses family noticeably."
"...to head for Lake Placid to join family rooting for Jon in the Ironman torture to which he subjected himself on Sunday. No word yet on how he survived."
"The total Campbell family was at Lake Placid, NY for a long weekend to cheer Jon on his quest for whatever one quests after under such tortuous requirements of endurance. Best him, not me."
My reaction? The grin on my face right now tells all. I like the "his quest for whatever one quests after under such tortuous requirements of endurance." part. That's good stuff! Might need to reuse that! haha!
Stay tuned for my next post that entails the rest of my 201Ironman season!