Sept 26, Day 227
Recent Personal Bests:
- Longest bike ride (5.5 hours, 96.4 miles)
- Longest workout (6.25 hours)
- Most mileage in a week: 161
I’m halfway through the big push.
Last week as I stated was one of two more “build” weeks before I get into the taper. I guess this is peaking, really. I don’t know anymore. All I know is it’s longer than I’ve ever gone in a single week.
The week started normal enough. My midweek runs and cycles are getting a tad smaller as we build these big distances, probably to help preserve energy. I got through Tuesday and Wednesday fine, ready to do my 2:40 Thursday run. It was hot all last week, meaning 90s hot, so I wanted to do the run in the morning when it was “cool” to the tune of 76 degrees with humidity.
I mean, seriously, are you kidding? 76 with humidity at 3:30am?
Anyway, the run went fine and the heat didn’t really bother me at all although I would have loved a cool breeze. That is, it went fine until I hit a lip in the concrete at mile 14 and took a tumble. It was pitch black still so I completely missed seeing it. First thing that hit was my left knee, then my left elbow, then my wrists. I rolled into it and absorbed some of the impact but managed to scrape the heck out of myself. My knee hit hard enough it was swollen for 2 days afterwards. It’s fine now, except the scab scrapes off at work while wearing dress pants.
And of course you wanted to know that.
Friday I was worried with open, oozing parts of my body about the chlorine in the pool for 3800 meters. No problem. I crushed that swim. I wasn’t even feeling tired at the end, and felt stronger the longer I went. I have no doubt I will own the swim, which is a good feeling.
Saturday was a light day to set up Sunday, with a 5.5 hour bike and 45 minute transition run. Over a century I did that day, and I had to modify the workout for the heat. Since it was another day in the 90s, I got out at 7AM and did the first 3.5 hours on the road. Then I came home and did two more on the bike trainer. Then I had PLANNED to do the treadmill for the last 45, but I was so bored inside I decided to run outside.
That was a mistake.
I did the first half feeling better than I had in any transition run yet. I was even having to slow down to my goal pace, and this after 5.5 hours on a bike. This is fantastic, I thought! But then I had to turn around and go back home.
You see where this is going.
Uphill in 95 degree heat and 60% humidity at the end of over 6 hours of working out is when my legs finally gave my brain the big t(‘.’t). I had to walk up that hill. I did manage to run the rest of the way home, but yeah. I could use the heat going away this week.
The good news is I really wasn’t wiped out after all that, so I know my endurance is higher than it has ever been. We will see what happens this week with 3 hour run, 4000m swim and 6 hour bike/1 hour transition on the schedule for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. One thing I DO know will happen: I’m running Thursday in the daylight!