6 Weeks to Go to 70.3
It’s been a while since I’ve written and I have gone through some ups (2 very good races) and downs (1 very bad race) and I have 6 weeks to go until Branson 70.3. Let’s get caught up…
On June 12, I did my local YMCA’s biathlon and had a great race. This was a 3.5 run and a 17 mile bike. I turned in a 1:20:40 and was very pleased.
On June 27, I ran the TriGreenville Olympic distance triathlon in Greenville, IL. I came in with a disappointing 3:12:31. I felt pretty good on the swim, but then struggled with high BGs and never felt right on the bike. I tried to save myself for the run, but had nothing left and had to walk a majority of the run. The course starts and ends on some hilly trails that just killed me. The heat was also a huge issue. I felt absolutely awful after this race, but it served as a wake up call. I was nowhere near where I should’ve been physically. My training needed to pick up or Branson was going to be a problem.
Yesterday was another race at Greenville and we decided to do the Sprint distance this time – The heat and humid is ridiculous and I needed a confidence builder. This sprint was a .25 mile swim, a 13 mile bike and a 3 mile run. I’ve found out that I’m not a sprint swimmer (see this). I always start off too fast and then suffer. The water temp was… I don’t know… 300 degrees… give or take… and it was murky. I felt like I couldn’t breath out and was forced to mix in some breath strokes. I struggled through and still managed to turn in a decent time. I was 16th out of 50 or so with a 7:30 ish swim time. Out on the bike I hammered it pretty good, averaging 19.9 MPH and finishing in 40:40, putting me in 10th. I felt good off the bike and hit the trails. I dropped a few spots, but ran a 26:03 for the 3 miles and finished 15th overall. My finish time was 1:17:32 and I feel MUCH better about my current conditioning.
EDIT- I just found out that this was good enough for 1st in my age group (there were 3 of us, but whatever…)
Including this week, I have 6 weeks to go until Branson. Up to this point I have done 2 50 mile rides and have finally gotten back to long runs in the double digits. My run is getting back to where it should be, but I still need to make some improvements on the bike. I’m consistently riding 25 miles, but need to make that jump to the next level to where 40-50 miles feels easy. I’m getting there, but have some work to do, especially in the area of nutrition. I need to nail down how to stay hydrated and have enough calories to feel ready to run 13.1 off the bike.
It’s crunch time and I’m going to get back to regular posts – I know you are all very excited.
Next up? Ragnar Relay Great River with Team Glucomotive! I can’t wait. 24+ hours, 200 miles, 12 diabetics. Awesome.