So, today, I headed out on my scheduled brick workout. According to the schedule, this meant a 4 hour bike ride and 1 hour run. The good news is that I completed the workout and felt great doing it. However, afterwards, I was looking at my schedule online, and noticed that I had the same workout scheduled for the next few weeks. That’s odd. I can’t imagine such an intense workout each week without a break. I referred back to the actual training plan book. Yeah… I was only supposed to do an hour bike ride and a 30 minute run. In fact, the 4 hour bike, 1 hour run isn’t supposed to be part of ANY of my training. That workout is from the Ironman training plans. Yikes! Somehow, when I copied my workouts from paper to an Excel spreadsheet to upload into Google Calendar, I must have transposed some numbers and it copied over the wrong data. I went through and corrected the workouts for the next few weeks and it makes the training look much more manageable now.
Despite the workout not being part of the official plan, I am really happy to have completed it. It made me more aware of two things. The first is how humbling and how much work Ironman training will be. Second, it gave me the confidence that I can do it. Not only that, but I feel that I am going to well prepared come race day in June. With a 5 hour training session under my belt, the race is going to be a piece of cake. Well as much of a piece of cake that a Half Ironman can be.
On to the ride. I headed out at 9:00 this morning. I wanted to head out earlier, but had to wait out some rain clouds. Even after waiting for an hour for the rain to let up, I still got pretty wet during the first half hour. It was a warm day though and I dried out quickly. I headed to the Northwest side of town and biked the Musketawa Trail for the first time. This trail goes from Grand Rapids to Muskegon and is nice and flat. It took me about an hour to get to the trail which left me an hour out and an hour back on the trail. Not only was the trail flat, but it was tree lined which helped to block most of the wind. An hour an a half into the ride, I had a granola bar and then had a second one 3 hours into the ride as I was finishing up on the trail. I turned around 2 hours into the ride which put me about 5 miles outside of Ravenna. I’ll have to go the full distance to Muskegon another day.
This isn’t from today, but I did see two great blue herons. See isn’t quite the right word either.
It was more had the crap scared out of me as they took off in flight as I went by.
Seeing a giant creature start to fly next to you is a good way to get the heart beating.
After the bike ride, I took the opportunity to change and have a PB&J (made by the wonderful Jennie). We (Jennie on the bike) then headed out for the run portion of the workout. It was really a struggle to keep moving. I ended up doing 6.5 miles in just under an hour. The pace was nothing to brag about, but I was just happy to be able to run for an hour after the bike ride.
After the ride, I indulged on a chocolate milkshake, pizza, beer, and the final innings of the Tigers game. The perfect end to the perfect workout.