Seriously, make up your mind, is it Spring or not? If not, that’s cool (not really), but I’ll deal with it. Just quit this wishy washy crap. Today we had rain, snow, thunder, lightning, hail, and more rain. What the hell? It’s April!
Yesterday, I had a great bike ride. The weather was “eh”. Not great, but not as bad as today. I had a 2.5 hour ride scheduled and my goal was to find some hills. I am on a quest to find some good hilly routes that will get me ready for the hills of Madison. I have been getting some awesome advice from Kristin, a two-time (soon to be three-time) IMWI veteran. I am a still a little nervous about the bike course, she has given me some great training/course tips and has helped put my mind at ease.
The course I did had some challenging hills. It was actually part of a course I used to run in high school for cross country. I can’t believe I used to run up these hills. I had intended on doing the hills twice, but somehow missed the turn back to do the loop again. When I got home, I realized that the road I was looking for changed names which is why I missed it. Oh well, I’ll be back to ride them again.
For nutrition, I had one bottle of water and one of Gatorade and a package of Gu chomps. I took water or Gatorade every 15 minutes and had half of the chomps at an hour in and the second half at 1:45. This was the first time I had the chomps and I definitely like them better than regular old Gu. The only problem is that because it was so cold out, I felt like was chewing them in slow motion because my mouth/jaw was frozen.
Towards the end of the ride, I had to deal with some freezing rain, but not enough to be much of a bother. It was the wind that was biggest problem. My feet never really warmed up no matter what I did.
Despite the weather, it was a very good ride. I was comfortable on the bike the whole time which I attribute to spending so much time on the trainer this winter. Once this weather starts to cooperate, I think I am going to have some great long rides this summer.
Today, I made the mistake of going on my long run this morning without paying too much heed to the forecast. I had been outside to let the dog out and it didn’t feel that cold. So, I threw on some shorts and a short sleeve shirt and head out on an 8 mile run. By mile one, I realized my clothing choice was not at all optimal. I could feel the temperature dropping. And then is started raining. And then snowing. I was FREEZING. The only silver lining was that at the halfway point, I turned around the wind was mostly at my back. But at that point, I was soaked through and through.
By the time I got home, I was beet red (from the cold and wind) and shivering like an abandoned puppy. Thankfully Jennie took good care of me and got me a towel and made me some hot chocolate. I eventually warmed up but learned my lesson – always check the forecast before heading out.
After warming up, I got ready for my second workout of the day, a swim. Jennie came with me and went to the grocery store while I swam. It worked out perfectly because when I was done swimming she was ready to check out.
The run and swim wrapped up the first official week of training. It went very well and spirits are still high. Bring it on week 2!
- 4 Runs: 20.45 miles, 2h37m
- 4 Bikes: 95.86 miles, 5h18m
- 4 Swims: 8,900 yds, 2h39m
- 2 Strength (Yoga & Back/Biceps)
The Life of a Dog
And finally, if you think your life is hard, you are wrong. Your life doesn’t include having to lay around deciding on which of a half dozen toys to play with. Now that would be a hard life. Enjoy.