2 hour run. We didn't start until 11:30, so we started at basically the hottest time of the day. Uhg. But! We took it easy the first hour, drank lots of water and just survived. Finally about an hour in my body flipped a switch and felt a LOT better for the 2nd half of the run.
Despite holding a 9 - 9:30 pace for the 2 hour run, my HR was VERY elevated @ 150-155 bpm. Over the winter I was holding an 8:00 pace with that HR in the cold. Quite the contrast!
Started the day off with a 2 mile OWS race, the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim. Because of the heat, no
Talk about feeling QUITE inferior to my "competition." Most people at this race were life long swimmers, and it showed. While some of these people went in the 56 min range for 2 miles, I went an EXTREMELY slow 1:08:22. Ouch! (But I still PR'ed the distance by 6 seconds!! Woo hoo!) Just shows I swim a LOT faster with my
At least I got a cool finish photo!
My fellow swimmers are F.A.S.T FAST!
Then it was onto the bike for 4 hours. And it was already a billion degrees. Just look at the temperature graphs from my two rides on Sunday and Monday:
I think I drank over 100 ounces of liquids on my ride on Sunday over 4 hours. I just couldn't get enough liquid in! I was using EFS liquid shots (Kona Mocha flavor) and by the end of the ride when that stuff was kicking in, I felt my best. I REALLY recommend EFS liquid shots. Really good stuff and LOADED with electrolytes. I use em more for the electrolytes rather than the calories.. Thanks to Jeff and Jason for pointing me in the right direction!
Just rode 2 hours. My legs were pissed off at me from the start, but after three hills they woke up. I guess overall I felt BETTER on the bike on Monday, even though my average speed was lower, yet my watts were higher? Guess it was a hillier course, yet I had more flats. Who knows. I was hauling on MacArthur on the way back. And wound up with a flat 3 blocks from the finish. Timed that right! It was just plain old hot out....
So overall the weekend was a reminder that it is hot out, and here to stay till IMMT at the end of August. I am really enjoying the EFS and will continue to use it to keep my electrolytes up DURING my long rides, which was the ticking time bomb I created at Placid last year.