Mar 21: Day 37
Planned workout(s): Run, 5 minutes in Z1, 60 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1 (MAYBE a bike later?)
Got up at 5:15 to get this run done, and that coupled with poor sleep the night before and a fasting day Monday made me very sluggish.
Sometimes my body goes through a water purge in the middle of the night. I have no other way to explain it. Usually I sleep through the night just fine, but last night I was up almost every hour to go to the bathroom.
I hope it’s not a sign of age and that these become more frequent, because it doesn’t help with sleeping at all.
Because I had fasted Monday I made a point of getting some nutrition in before the run. For that I used 3 Clif Bloks and a 5 hour energy. I also took along a Clif Shot packet. The idea was to do a little practice for the IM both in simulating running on lower energy reserves and using the actual nutrition supplements that will be available on the course. While I will take some of my own nutrition on the course I know I can’t carry a full day’s worth, so I will rely on some of the supplements they have available. Usually I use different brands, so I need to get used to using these on a relatively empty stomach.
The results were fine, if unspectacular. It was basically the same run I did Sunday except in cooler temperatures but I performed it at about :13 seconds per mile slower. There were a few hills I felt like I was going faster than my GPS said I was, but I am sure that was perceived effort rather than it being off. It was good practice because by getting used to these supplements and pushing through a tough run in a fatigued state I’ll be ready for those conditions on race day.
Besides, I am OK with running slow on a day like this. I know why it’s happening and I got out and did it. Sometimes, just getting out there is a victory for all of us, no matter how accomplished an athlete!
Tomorrow I have a weird day, with only a 30 min mild bike and a swim TT. I’m tempted to just get the bike done tonight so I don’t have to get up earlier to do it, and be better rested for the swim. We will see what actually ends up happening.