>day 3 was pretty easy….30 minute bike (stationary because I won’t see my bike till RI) and then a 20 minute run with 10 minutes at threshhold. I felt good on the run, but I’m still just plain tired. I think the stress of a new job and the nerves of the race are getting to me. I took today off to let myself rest and I’ll see how I feel on a run tomorrow morning. I need a good night of sleep tonight so I can make the drive tomorrow….so my fingers are crossed that actually happens….
>my legs are confused. I’m not so sure if I did the right thing by not recovering after Highlands Sky and waiting for a taper/recovery for this race. Boo. Anyway, I decided my nutrition for this race will be somewhat similar to my ultras, but slightly different because I think I work harder running up mountains than I do when I bike or swim. But nonetheless the times will be similar. Plan A:
-Electrolytes: 2 caps before race, 2 caps start of bike, 1 every hour thereafter, if it’s “Africa hot” as coach says then it will be 2 every hour.
-Ginger to settle the stomach: one at the start, one on the bike, one at the run
-Gu: 2 start of bike, one every hour, possibly 2 to start the run depending on heat/how I feel
-Drinks: ALOT. 1.33 Liters per hour at a minimum. 3 bottles on the bike to start, and I’ll take the bottles from the stops along the way. 1 bottle of Perpetuem on the bike, 2 of HEED. Still contemplating carrying a bottle of HEED on the run…..
-Other: Possibly a powerbar for the bike. I will have to see how I hold up after the first 25 miles. I have no idea what it will feel like to be on a bike for 3 hours, seeing as the longest I’ve ever riden is <35. I will also definitely take some soda on the run, which seems like it will be every mile.
Anyway, I need to get this right or else the ride back to Buffalo will be a mess on Sunday night…..
>So as it turned out, I ran out of pages in my training log on the same date that I arrived in Buffalo, NY for a 2 week training trip for my job. 2 weeks in a hotel == boredom so here I am, in a king sized bed with way too many pillows, after my first day of real-life work, starting a blog. Should be awesome.
Anyway I decided to explore the city this morning on a run. At 5pm Buffalo is a pretty quiet city, so at 6am I was pretty much the only one out. I had no idea where I was, so I took a gamble and ran about 30 minutes “to the left” of my hotel. It turns out that I picked the wrong way. As fate would have it I ended up in the sketchy part of town, pretty happy that I was the only person around. Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the right.
Having the 70.3 scheduled for this weekend was a cruel twist of fate. My parents will be meeting me in RI with my bike, leaving me without the ability to swim or bike this week before the race. Not so good for the nerves. Oh well. My plan on friday is to rent a car and be on the road by 5pm. The drive to Providence is about 7.5 hours from here, so I’ll be good and tired for Saturday. The only good thing about this situation is I keep telling myself my best races have been when things were hectic the day before. I’m choosing right now to just ignore the fact that after the race I will have to hop in the car and drive the 7.5 hours back to Buffalo.
Anyway, I left the schedule my coach wrote out for me at home, so I will officially be making it up. I think it called for some short hill sprints mid week to loosen up, but Buffalo is the flatest place I’ve ever been to, so I’m not sure how that will work. Regardless, tomorrow AM I plan on a 30 minute bike at the gym, and a 20 minute easy run. Wednesday, 45 minutes with 10 minutes at threshhold in the middle (hills if I can find it), Thursday will be 20 minute bike, 10 minute run, and Friday I will be resting. Saturday I’ll get in a quick swim and jog.
Tomorrow during training I’ll be mapping out my nutrition plan for the race, woohoo.