Over the course of three days, I covered 110 miles in swimming, biking, and running. Whew, I am wiped!
I basically did 80% of the Ironman distance backwards. Saturday I kicked off peak weekend with a fun 18 mile run. Seriously, I said FUN 18 mile run! Thirteen point one of those eighteen miles was ran in my favorite half marathon the Madison Mini. This is the way to do it! A five mile warm up pre-race, a fun 13.1, and then a medal and beer! This will be remembered as my favorite long run of the season.
18.1 miles, 3:02, a consistent 10 minute mile.
Sunday I slept in a bit, procrastinated for as long as I could, but finally headed out to Verona to do my Ironman loops on the bike. Right off the bat, I could feel how tired my legs were from the 18 mile run. I was crawling, every time I looked at my bike computer it read 13 or 14 mph. I made peace with the fact that it was going to be a long day in the saddle. The miles may be slow, but they had to be done. Good thing the bike course is beautiful!
Around mile 70 I stopped at a gas station to refill my water bottles. This was probably my favorite part of the entire ride because good karma high-fived me here. There are two Kwik Trip gas stations on the Ironman bike course, where all summer you will find dozens of cyclists refilling their water, bananas, Gatorade, etc. It’s a neat stop to chat with fellow cyclists and trade tales of training. Over the course of the summer I learned the pay-it-forward with water trick. You go in, buy a gallon jug of water for 99cents, fill your bottles, and then hand off the jug to the next cyclist coming in. Sunday it was finally MY day to get water handed to me. It was as simple as a jug of water lift my spirits for the rest of the ride.
90 miles, 6:07, 14.7 mph.
When I requested Monday off of work knowing I would be coming off of an exhausting weekend, I didn’t have a 2.4 mile swim on my agenda. As luck would have it, there was a group meeting at 7:00 AM to do an open water swim. Seeing as I haven’t been doing much with open water swims, I dragged myself out of bed, ate one piece of toast and went. Note to self, one piece of toast is NOT enough, holy crap I was famished in the middle of this swim! Plus my arms were fatigued from holding myself on the bike for 6 hours the previous day. Other than hunger and fatigue, the swim went well and I’m very glad I went.
2.4 miles, 1:25
So there it is. I’M ALL TRAINED UP!
Commence taper crazies…