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Sep 01

Beautiful Day for a Brick

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.

Bike

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.

imageNot 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.

Run

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.

imageI like seeing splits like this.

New Wetsuit

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.

Stay tuned!

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3 comments

  1. Tricia

    wow, great ride, kevin! those are some nasty hills ! enjoy the new wetsuit :)

  2. Mike

    Kevin – I was googling around for the water temp in Reeds Lake for next weekend, no luck in finding it but came across your blog. I’ll be there next weekend, wondering if you had a beat on water temp at race start? Thanks. FYI, really liked your race logs from previous tri’s.

  3. Rob

    Great site. Just thought I’d comment because I’ve got the same dream of competing in an Ironman. My blog is at ironman-by-40.com (almost the same as yours, but 10 years later!).

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