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Dumber with Age

June 2, Day 110

Weekend Workouts:

  • 92 min bike, 10 minutes Z1, 10 minutes Z2, 3 x (2.5 minutes Z4/5 minutes Z1) 55 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
  • 60 min run, 10 minutes Z1, 10 minutes Z2, 20 minutes Z3, 10 minutes Z2, 10 minutes Z1
  • 1850y swim, 250 yd Z1, 400 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 1000 yd Z1


I think you’re supposed to become wiser as you age.  At least, so all the societal norms seem to say.  I seem determined to buck that trend.

First of all, I had a great swim.  I nailed all the intervals and felt great.  I am almost to the point I am worried about peaking too early on the swim, because everything has been fantastic so far and it’s my weakest event.  However, I’ll take it.  I’m sure I’ll reach a rough spot there.

Saturday’s run was challenging.  First of all, 20 minutes in Z3 is a good stretch and a solid workout at any point.  But I saw early in the morning that it was going to be hot, so I put it off until late in the morning on purpose to get heat practice in.  This was actually a really good idea on the surface.  However, I failed to respect the run and as a result, faded out after the 20 min stretch.  You see, I already know I have trouble with the heat.  Yet, I went ahead and ran in it anyway without:

  • Taking any fluids
  • Taking any nutrition
  • Taking any sodium tablets or electrolytes of any kind

This on top of having given blood that week?  No wonder I wiped out in the last 15 minutes.


Unfortunately it had a cascading effect the rest of the weekend.  Saturday’s struggles led to dead legs on Sunday while trying to do my speed intervals at Z4.  I got them done, I always do on the bike, but it took so much out of me that I was pretty much dead the rest of the day.  I had a short swim scheduled for Sunday evening but cancelled it.

While soaking and trying to recover from that run my dog was hanging out near the tub, so I got her to bathe after I was done.  Might as well get something useful done.  Rather than show a picture of my sweaty grossness, here’s one of her after bath time:

Lesson learned I hope.  TRAIN PROPERLY FOR THE HEAT.  It should be in the 90s much of this week so I’ll have another shot tomorrow to see if I learned anything.

Anything at all.



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