Jul 10

Weekend Rehashed

I am absolutely exhausted and yet have never felt better.  I have compression sleeves on, a tall glass of water, my feet up, and the tour on.  Maybe one of my Team Trakkers friends can UPS me their Recovery Pump???? haha.

Saturday started off with a yoga session.  Jennie and I signed up for a 4 week course through the East Grand Rapids rec department.  Total fail.  No one told us that it was geriatrics yoga.  Other than one other woman in her 30’s, everyone else was at least twice our age.  After about 40 minutes, the instructor said, “Alright, we are going to start the cool down.” Jennie and I looked at each, “What?!?” Compared to what we normally do we hadn’t even broken a sweat. This was apparently Hatha yoga versus the Ashtanga or Power Yoga that we normally do.  Big difference.  Didn’t even feel like a workout.

After the yoga and lunch, I headed out on my ride.  This was essentially going to be my first ever solo century ride.  I did my 100 Miles of Nowhere ride solo, but that was all within 4 miles of our house so it really didn’t seem like a solo ride.  For this ride, I was going to do a big loop around the Northeast corner of Kent county which meant that I was going to be on my own for nutrition and hydration.  It was a bit intimidating at first, but I survived.  I learned a lot on my ride:

  • Centuries get easier the more I do them (Which is good because I have another next weekend and possibly a 3rd the following weekend)
  • Miles 60-80 never get any easier
  • Bib shorts are WAY better than regular bike shorts
  • A ice cold Gatorade after 50 miles of drinking warm Perform is absolutely heaven
  • After 80 miles of Gatorade and Perform, an ice cold water is a lifesaver
  • Riding in the country is crazy awesome – no constant stopping and I didn’t encounter a single overly aggressive driver
  • If I keep riding in the country, I need a way to carry produce home with me.  Lots of blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, and zucchini for sale at roadside stands.
  • The Garmin Edge 500’s course feature is amazing.  Loading a course onto is a sort of a pain, but I never got lost and knew exactly where I was going.
  • I think I have my IMWI bike nutrition figured out.  A bit more practicing in the upcoming weeks and I should be solid.

At my 2nd pit stop of the day, I was checking out and the guy in front of me (buying cigarettes) admitted to the cashier that he was still hung over from the night before. Lovely. As I was heading out, he pulled up next to me in his car and asked where I was going.  I told him Grand Rapids.  The following ensued.

Him: So you biked out to Sand Lake from Grand Rapids and are just going back?
(mind you, he is smoking a cigarette in his toothless mouth the whole time, so it was kind of hard to understand him. I had to clean up his English as well.)
Me: Sort of, I didn’t bike straight here though, I did a loop to Lowell and Gowen.
Him: How far are you going?
Me: 100 miles today.
Him: (incredulously) Why?
Me: Because I’m training for an Ironman
Him: What’s an Ironman
Me (in my head): Oh dear, this is just like the videos
I explained that that it was a triathlon of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run
Him: Do you get paid for that??
Me (in my head again): Ha! Do I tell him that I am the one paying?
Me: Nope, I just enjoy doing it.
Him: Well, are you are you training for the Olympics or something then?
Me (in my head): HA! Olympics! I’m flattered but haha
Me: Nope, I’m not that fast.
Him: So you just do this for fun or something?  You enjoy doing it then?
Me: Pretty much.  I like challenging myself and pushing myself to the limit.
Him: Well, good luck! (Nice of him, but based on his tone I think this translates to: I really think you are crazy!)

Overall, it was an awesome ride.  The final 20 miles was painful because I was back on surface streets and there was a lot of stop and go due to stop lights, stop signs, and what not.  The good news it that the stop and go stuff is when I my knee would usually start to bother me and it felt great the entire time.  Win.

I took a few minutes to recover after the ride before heading out on a 40 minute run.  Jennie joined me on the bike and we may or may not have stopped at the Village Cone Shop for some soft serve ice cream.  All I can say is that the WTC should seriously consider an ice cream aid station at IMWI.  I ran my fastest mile split after a small chocolate/vanilla twist cone.

Sunday morning called for a long suckfest run.  Again, the always wonderful Jennifer accompanied me on the bike.  We loaded up with two Nalgene bottles – one water, one Gatorade – for 64oz total.  By the end of painfully slow 14.5 miles both bottles were completely drained.  We were drinking every mile alternating between water and Gatorade.  Next time, I guess we better bring 3 bottles.  I headed up to the pool as soon as I finished the run because the Sunday hours are limited and I wanted to make sure I had time to get my workout in.  As much as the run sucked, the swim hurt even more.  I spent half the time battling foot and calf cramps.  Every time I pushed off the wall, my calf would want to seize up on me.  I survived though and I feel stronger because of it.

Now, I get to rest and recover the rest of the day before starting a much needed recovery week next week.

Finally, congrats to everyone who raced this past weekend! MattyO and H rocked it Muncie, Tim podiumed in his Duathlon debut, Greg at The Life I Tri for rocking his race, and the crazy fast Chrissie Wellington for a 5th place OA at Roth.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone! Apologies if I did.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Lisa

    I’m tired just reading about your training.

    I don’t know how you manage the long bike rides. Maybe I need better bike shorts, but I get saddle sore even on just my 15-20 mile distances.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Besides a proper bike fit, the right pair of bike shorts coupled with the ride type of chamois cream makes all the difference in the world. Your comment actually reminded me that I forgot a bullet point. I went back and added: “Bib shorts are WAY better than regular bike shorts”. I got my first pair of bibs this season and they are much more comfortable than regular bike shorts. Less constricting at the waist and quads because they are held up at the shoulders. As for chamois cream, I’m a fan of Paceline’s Butt’r but a lot of people like DZ Nuts and other options.

  2. Heather

    Lol…Geriatrics yoga. I hope you are able to get your $ back on that one. Have you ever tried hot yoga? It’s AMAZING! Awesome job on your workouts…even cooler that Jennie rides her bike alongside you. Now you just have to get one of those little kid wagons and put it on the back of her bike for Bailey 😉 BTW – how does one run after eating an ice cream cone w/o vomiting? Just curious 😉

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      HAHAHA!!! Bailey in a wagon/trailer would be awesome. I don’t think he would stay put though. He’d want to run.

      We actually did three session of outdoor yoga this week hosted by The Funky Buddah (our local yoga hot house). They were doing free outdoor sessions while they expanded their studio. We got a couple of free passes to check out the real thing when they open back up.

      I’m not telling you how to eat the ice cream with vomiting until I have Lara Croft abs! 🙂 It actually wasn’t bad at all. I only had a mile to go afterwards and it was a nice and easy run.

  3. Colleen

    I would send you my pumps… but Tom’s using them right now! 🙂 You’d have to fight him for them! I actually use them just about every night! 🙂

    I totally would have just told the guy that yes, you are training for the Olympics. Better yet, tell him you get paid millions of dollars to race and are already a gold medalist. Have fun with it!

    Congrats on another great weekend!

  4. Jon

    “Why on Earth would you ever want to ride 100 miles in one day?!?! You crazy man. CRAZY!!!!”

    “So, um, is an Ironman a triathlon?”

    Ok, I’m done 😉

    Way to rock it out! Just think this time next year you are going to be 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for IMMT.

    BTW, I am writing a letter to WTC to request ice cream aid stations….future blog post 😉
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  5. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    First of all, that conversation you had with the cigarette guy was totally priceless.. ha ha!!

    Congrats on doing another century! What is it about the miles between 60 and 80..ugh??!! I think it’s awesome that Jennie rides her bike with you as your run! 🙂
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  6. Matt Smith

    That video is hilarious! I was cracking up. Good work on that ride. 100 miles isn’t that much for you anymore. I agree that a good ice cream stop makes everything better. Nice job with the run and swim yesterday. I hate those cramps coming off the wall. Ouch! Have a great week.
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  7. Matt Oravec

    Power Yoga is serious business man. I agree, I did some yoga dvds at home after going to the classes… totally never got into it.

    Great job on the ride, serious weather in the midwest this weekend… brutal! come out to the Rev3 training day I invited you to on facebook man. a ton of people to ride with and the course is super flat, should be an easy spin for your legs.

    I was more worried about the drunk driving your route while you were riding hahaha. Happy that things have clicked so awesome for you on your bike, that is too awesome!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Living Social just had a deal today $19 for 3 sessions at the hot house. Can’t wait to get my ass handed to me. I loved the power yoga in the park. It left me dripping in sweat with rubbery arms. It’s no fun unless you get a little sweaty doing it. Am I right?

      I saw the FB invite (Thanks!). I’ve got to figure things out here and will probably contact this week if I can make it. If I do, it will make 3 weekends with 3 centuries. I may need to buy a donut to sit on during the day.

      Thankfully, at that point of the ride I was jumping on the White Pine Trail otherwise I would have given the drunk a 5 minute head start to get out of the way.

      Saw in your RR that you had a higher cadence than normal and had no knee pain. Same thing happened with me. Kept the cadence at 95-105rpm (rather than 85-95) and no pain.

  8. lindsay

    i want the uncensored version of that conversation 🙂 haha.

    maybe when you’re not seriously training you can go for rides and stop at the veggie stands to refuel!
    lindsay recently posted..june 2011

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Haha. The uncensored version wasn’t necessarily inappropriate. It was more the fact that he was difficult to understand to due the toothless mouth, cigarette dangling out of his mouth, and general redneck dialect. On second thought, you might have been able to understand the redneck dialect better than me 😉 haha (That is a dig at your redneck neighbors, not you being a redneck)

      “not seriously training” – Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  9. BDD

    – I told you bibs rock, makes you wonder why there isnt a triathlon bib out on the market, I would total get it

    – your right 60-80 “wall” never gets easier, the worst part, you know its coming and you dont know exactl when it does

    – I have given up on explaining my training, to takes too much energy
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  10. Chris @ Tri4Success

    Nice job on the ride and welcome to the world of bib shorts! What do you use for getting your course on the Garmin? There are a ton of different methods (most not well publicized). My favorite online tool for course creation is usually Bike Route Toaster.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Thanks for the like to Bike Route Toaster. It looks similar to what I have been doing but condensed into a single site. I used a combination of GMap-Pedometer and http://onthebrinkofanewera.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-create-courses-for-your-garmin.html to create mine. It is kind of shocking that the device has this feature but there is no Garmin supported tool for course creation – only 3rd parties. I had a few issues on the ride where the map on the Garmin was blank. When I missed a turn, it would beep at me that I was off course and I could turn around, but for some reason I couldn’t always see the upcoming turns on the screen. I checked out the Garmin forums and it sounds like there are a lot of people with complaints/problems with the courses feature. Hopefully a firmware upgrade fixes things.

  11. Mandy

    I have never worn bib shorts, but all I ask is that you wear a shirt with them so you don’t look like a high school wrestler. I am not really psyched to get them cause if I have to go to the bathroom I have to take my freaking shirt off to pull my pants down.

    Holy crap. It just struck me why men love bibs so much and encourage women to wear them…
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  12. Derek

    •Miles 60-80 never get any easier
    so true
    also on the bib shorts which i only JUST started using!

    lol@ the this is turning out just like a video
    had the same experience today with someone

  13. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Love the conversation. How hilarious is that. If you do think about it though it is crazy, but it’s our crazy and we love it and won’t give it up.

    Keep rocking the rides, runs and swims brother because IMWI will have nothing on you.
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  14. Emily

    Centuries absolutely get easier each time around. My first one of the season sucked, and 100 feels totally normal! I totally agree about miles 60-80, and the absolute need for bib shorts. Girls seem to have a block against them though — I keep trying to convince all the other ones I ride with of their magical powers. And some of the bike shops around here didn’t even know women-specific bibs existed! Crazy.
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  15. Mooney

    You are crazy. You are crazy. You are crazy.

    Personally, no mid-race ice cream stand would be complete without a Yesterdog. As long as you’re going to make this an endurance challenge, you might as well add a competitive eating leg while you’re at it…

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Oh dear. Yesterdog? Seriously? As good as it is, Yesterdog is drunk food, not racing food. Man, I can’t even imagine the lines at the porta jons after that. Actually, this guy (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/irr7342/az0cws7hscho7409m-1.jpg) got sick of waiting and just let it fly.

      As for a competitive eating leg, it has already been done. Le Tour de Donut: http://www.klackleorchards.com/orchard/tour_de_donut.html 🙂

  16. Kristin

    What a great weekend! You’re brave for starting a century after lunch! If I’m not out by 6am for a hundred-miler I panic. I ride almost all of my centuries alone and find it’s the best training for IM. You are truly alone on the bike even though there will be people around at most times. It’s good to be comfortable in your own head that long.

    I have the Edge 705 and love that thing! I map rides, upload them and follow the purple line. I feel like it makes the time go by as well. Your observations were spot on, I can’t wait for my first 100, doubt I’ll do it for another two weeks or so.
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  17. Regina

    I cracked up when he asked you if you got paid! Hilarious. I think crazy wasn’t the word he was thinking, more like effing stupid. They just dont get it.

    Yes, mile 70ish is the hardest and for me Dr. Pepper does the trick. Bibs suck for the ladies. I’m waiting for an easy way to get out of that thing to pee.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Oh, I’m sure he thought I was stupid. But while he was sucking away years from his life on the cigarettes, I was sucking wind adding years to mine 🙂

      As for bibs, have you seen these? http://www.fitsugar.com/Review-Pearl-Izumi-W-Drop-Tail-Bib-Cycling-8742773 Not sure exactly how they work, but they supposed allow an easier answering the call of nature.

  18. Mandy

    PS. I am stupid right now, because I remember reading this and thinking what a turdhead that dude was and what an awesome ride you did but then got distracted by bibs (shiny things). Which made me think of the dudes I saw wearing only bibs this one time, which made me forget about the cigarette puffing meathead. That is an awesome story.

    Carry on.
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