Training, it’s getting real

I don’t want to jinx it or anything, but my bike and I have been getting along well lately. It seems that the kinks have been worked out after a few weeks of frustration. At the moment I’m even feeling confident and eager to do my longest ride yet, EIGHTY BIG ONES!!

My eighty mile ride will be two Ironman loops. I’ve done the 40 mile loop a few times over the last 8 weeks and it’s still just as challenging as it was the first time. It’s a tough course! Each and every time my heart is pounding as I climb one of The Three Bitches [1]. I think to myself “You think THIS is bad, how’s it going to feel the second time around?”

I’m going to find out this weekend!

Now that I’m getting confident on the bike I need to return to more focused training on the run. Hills, lots of hills are on my agenda. Yesterday John and I went out for a hilly 8 mile run, there were f-bombs. But we pressed on, MOAR HILLS!!

I did decide two miles into the run that my Mizuno Wave Rider 16s just aren’t working for me anymore. They changed the shoe in some way that my calves just don’t agree with. And it’s likely that my leg muscles have changed in a way that I need a different shoe. I do have an pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15s in my closet that I was saving for Ironman, but I’m going to need to find a new shoe eventually.

Meanwhile, I’m probably letting my strong swim slip, because there are not enough hours in the day, and I’m greedy with sleep. I should probably get a swim in there this week too.

So there it is, probably my most calm, rational post before I enter three weeks of high mileage. Don’t worry though, there will be a taper after that, and we all know how calm and rational taper time can be.

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1 The three huge hills towards the end of the loop that make me feel like my heart will explode out of my chest.

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9 thoughts on “Training, it’s getting real

  1. Sounds like you’re in good mental shape for some high mileage! Finding new shoes is such a pain. I wore the Asics Gel Cumulus for several years, but the new updates turned it into an entirely different shoe. Now I’m hooked on the Saucony Progrid Ride. Good luck finding your next shoe obsession 🙂

  2. Reading your posts about training for an Ironman & reading on my Twitter feed over the weekend about Vineman & IMLP, make me want to sign up for another 70.3 or 140.6 soon. You’re going to do great the next few weeks & even better on race day!

  3. Yippee! Glad you’re feeling confident during the most difficult part of your training. I’ve never done the Ironman bike course but have heard from just about everyone that the hills are B-R-U-T-A-L. Kudos for your good attitude tackling them.

  4. I’m up to 32 miles. I wish we lived a few states closer so I could try ONE of those loops with you! But I’m with you in spirit. Chasing away the birds.

  5. I’ll be thinking of you this weekend — good luck with the 80 miles!

    I had great luck with the Wave Rider 14’s then didn’t like the 15’s and ended up in the Saucony Triumph 9’s. I know every foot is different, but I’d recommend at least trying the Triumphs!

  6. OMG, the constant quest for shoes….I’m still searching, rotating…not really happy with any of my 42 pairs…gah!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend….Be safe out there…Big jump in miles so be sure to take good care of those legs after!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! 🙂

  7. 80 big ones – nice!!! I have the wave rider 16s and like them fine but never tried the 15s. I switched to them after Saucony changed up my favorites – why do they have to mess with a good thing??? Hope you had a great ride!

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