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 . 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.