This weekend I plan to do all the things Gale said to do a week or two ago: get the wetsuit, figure out what I will wear and practice my transitions--which I did cut from 15 minutes two weeks ago to about 7 minutes last weekend :p.
Riding home from work yesterday I realized that even though I finished my base training 11 weeks ago, I still feel like I am building a base. I am quite happy with how far my fitness has come but I still feel like I want to go a lot further. I actually thought I would be in peak form for this race after 6 months of training, but I see now that this is just the beginning.
With that in mind, my only goals for next weekend are to complete the entire course...and enjoy doing it.
By the way, thanks for your latest blog Gale! -- Your perspective is very motivating.
The Tri-California site lists the water temperature for Wildflower between 65 and 68 degrees. The Air temp right now is 71 degrees. Would you recommend that I use a wetsuit? Please keep the following in mind:
1) I have never been swimming in a wetsuit.
2) I don't own a wetsuit and prefer not to purchase one.
I could rent one however is that a good idea when I have never used one before?
Sunday's scheduled workout: 2 1/2 hour bike to a 45 minute run with a triathlon-style transition for practice. (I also planned to get up at 6 am and do a hilly route--as the triathlon is super hilly)
How Sunday's workout actually went: 6 am alarm went off, 7 am I got up and had a lazy morning with an egg breakfast. At 8 am I was on my way--out the door and up the hill.
My Bike: I took it easy and felt ok but not great. My throat had that cold, dry feeling which is really annoying. I included two reasonably big hill climbs and could have added a third but I was really tired and turned around after 50 minutes thinking it would take me longer to get back and the ride would be about 2 hours. I got back in 45 minutes making the ride about an hour and a half.
My Transition: I came in the house, drank some water, went to the bathroom, put my hair in pigtails, changed into running clothes, talked to my sister--who woke up, said good morning and then went back to bed. Then I stretched, selected an album on my ipod, put some more sunscreen on my face and finally headed out the door.
My Run: I meant to follow the same bike path so that I would end up doing at least one big hill, but I was exhausted so I turned downhill at the end of the driveway instead of uphill. I ran the short, flat route (25 to 30 minutes) and was still struggling. Plus I did not drink nearly enough water while biking to prepare for the 80 degree weather at 10 in the morning on my run. (I know megan--you would love 80 degree weather at 10 in the morning:)
The good thing is that even though I was tired, my body felt like it knew what to do and my legs did well carrying me through the workout.
I finally went to Road Runner in San Diego and had them look at my stride. I kind of expected a big to do but this is all that happened:
First they took imprints of my foot strike on both sides
Then they taped me running on the treadmill
They scribbled notes on a sheet of paper, then told me I have a neutral stride.
According to the Road Runner pamphlet titled Feel Great in Your Shoe Fit, neutral means my feet "tend to be rigid, have high arches, and roll inward or outward minimally."
It was kind of anticlimactic but my runs since have been nothing short of glorious. I am feeling good so I don't have to deal with the super heavy, I-don't-think-I-can-run-anymore-than-20-feet feeling that comes when I haven't run in a while. I especially enjoyed my long run last weekend. I took it slow, ran down along the ocean and felt really good. I am looking forward to slipping back into my new Saucony Triumph 5s!
I did learn that I was wearing a half size too small. Apparently your toes are not supposed to hit the front of the shoe at all when you run. (My toes were hitting the front of my old shoes when going down hills)
Belle is a little active but she wants to get more active. Follow her through videos and blogs as she works with help from Active Expert Gale Bernhardt to prepare for the wildflower triathlon next May.