Today was one of those days where it was really hard to work. I don’t have any major projects looming over my head (at least none that I can work on immediately) and there wasn’t much ease on my plate for the day. On top of that, it was gorgeous out – sunny and in the 70’s. After a 2 hour conference call this morning – blah – I struggled to keep my butt in the seat. After lunch I forced myself to keep busy rather than running out to the enjoy the day. By 2:00, I just couldn’t take it any more and escaped.
I started off my workout with a bike ride. I did bike portion of the Reeds Lake Tri (coming up on the 12th) plus a little additional. I have been trying to do this course at least once a week so that I am ready for the hill on Fulton. As you can see below, it is a doozy. The only positive the hill has to offer is that you get to go down it first. On the way down the hill today, I averaged 27mph maxing out at 29mph. I can usually get closer to 35mph on the downhill, but there was a bit of a head wind today.
Not looking forward to this hill come race day, but I better be prepared.
After turning around in Ada, I headed back up the hill. I was surprised to see that I managed a 17mph average up the hill although I did bottom out at about 14 mph as I reached the top. The 17mph pace is probably a bit inflated because that headwind I had on the downhill was now a tailwind. After making it through the hills, I did a couple quick laps around the lake to add on some miles. In the end, I did 23.18 miles in 1:12:46 for a pace of 19.1 mph. I am very please with the results. Hopefully I can get that pace up to 20mph for the race though.
After the bike, I headed out on a quick run. I took a bit longer between the bike and run than I normally do because I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to do a brick until I got off the bike. Thus, I didn’t have anything setup at home to make the transition quickly. Giving myself more time allowed me to change into running shorts so that I didn’t have to run in my bike shorts and to grab a bit of water before heading out.
I did a quick 4 miles around EGR and Gaslight Village. I felt very strong and had almost no brick feeling. I’m sure this is partially attributed to the longer than normal break between the bike and run, but it gave me a big confident boost on the run. When I got home, I looked at my splits and was very happy to see that I ran each mile a bit faster than the previous as I got more comfortable. I ended up with 4 miles in 30:41 for a pace of 7:36.
I don’t have it yet, but I ordered a new wetsuit. Xterra had a promotion going on at the end of August with some big savings. I didn’t find out about the deal until August 30th (Thanks to Jennifer at Bowl of Berries for the heads up), which didn’t leave me much time to decide. Up until now, I have been wearing a Body Glove wetsuit that I picked up at the local sporting goods store. It isn’t a tri-specific wetsuit, but has served me well thus far. I decided that it was probably time to get a “real” wetsuit, so I took the plunge. I settled on the Vortex 3 Fullsuit after reading some reviews on it. I am a bit worried about the fit because (like all clothing) I seem to fall in between sizes on the sizing chart, but Xterra appears to have a very good return/exchange policy. More details when it arrives. Hopefully it arrives before the Reeds Lake Tri so I can give a full race report about it.