I spent the weekend in Portland training with a eye on Ironman Canada.
On Saturday, I rode 77 miles in just under 5 hours and 30 minutes. For me, that means significant progress on my bike. The course had a mixture of long flats and segments of rolling hills. I tried, whenever possible, to stay in my big chain ring and to push 15 or more miles per hour on the flats. I drank electrolytes and some protein. My goal was to feel strong most of the way, and I did. I felt less strong running for twenty minutes off the bike, but I’m calling the bike a victory – a major one. I think getting out on the road just one more day a week is paying off.
On Sunday, I did a 2.4 mile open water swim. It took me right at 90 minutes, which is slow for me. I prefer to see 85 minutes or even 80 minutes. My first lap took 43 minutes, so I must have slowed on the second lap. Either I slowed or I meandered in the water. I think I did a little of both, as I somehow lost my pacer on the second lap and ended up swimming most of it without another person nearby. I’m not the best at sighting, but I tried. I suspect I won’t have that problem in Canada with 3000 people at the start. I should be able to put my head down and just swim with the pack, which should help me be faster. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
Both workouts did much for my confidence, as did waking up this morning feeling fresh and energized. I like recovering quickly. Today was supposed to be a day of rest or an easy swim, but I was craving something different, so I went to Bikram yoga. It was clear with each stretch that it had been months since I’d been to yoga, but I’m better for having gone. And it felt good to just sweat like mad.
Speaking of sweating like mad, I’m heading to Austin this week. The highs there are in the 90s, which is slightly warmer than Portland. By “slightly,” I mean 30 degrees warmer. I hope I haven’t forgotten how to train in the heat. I guess I will find out this week.
Wish me luck!