53 days until IMMT… It is time to get serious!
I am just starting a 4-week block of peak training which is arguably the most important block of training on my plan. With workouts like 5.5 hour bikes and 2.5 hour runs and weekly training peaking at 22 hours, I have some tough weeks ahead of me. And I can’t wait! Especially after hearing about Jon’s smoking fast recon at the IMMT 70.3 and following Katie and Beth as they kicked butt at CdA (Congrats Ladies! And Jon).
I kicked off the week with my longest straight swim of the year – 3600 yards in 54 minutes in the pool. I figure that the benefit of swimming in the pool (pushing off the walls) equals the benefit of swimming in a wetsuit so I am right where I want to be.
I followed that up with a Monday Night TT in Ada. These run every Monday night throughout the summer and I did one earlier this year. It actually fit perfectly into my training schedule for Monday so I figured why not. The worst part is that you have to get there around 5:30 to sign in and the first rider doesn’t go out until 6:30. It is a good chance to catch up with friends though. It is really cool to see the different spectrum of riders there. From guys in speedsuits with shoe covers and disc wheels to a dad on a tandem with one son and two other sons (all probably under 14 years old) forming a 4-man team.
I sported my new M-22 jersey that I got on our trip Up North for the TT. Pretty sweet isn’t it?
I ended up finishing in 36 minutes flat for a 24.8mph average which beat my previous best time by nearly a full minute. I’ll take that any day! It helped that I had a couple of speedy guys starting 2 minutes after me and I wanted to hold them off. And I did! They ended up with faster times than me, but they weren’t able to make up the full 2 minute time difference.
Today was a recovery ride so I took the opportunity to combine some errands with my ride. Normally, I am not a morning person, but my errands required a 5:30AM wakeup call and hitting the road at 6:15AM. And it was delightful! I split my time between bike paths and roads. While the roads were bearable, the bike paths were gorgeous. I stopped and snapped a couple of pics as I crossed the Grand River.
Grand Rapids Marathon runners, do you recognize this bridge??
Jennie and I have a local race this weekend that I am going to use for my weekly speed workout. I’m still working out how I am going to fit in my long run/ride because of some travel plans (not to mention the 100* forecasted temps). It’ll get done though. I’m looking forward to long ride where I can just zone out and go.
How is everyone else’s training going?