Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lessons From My Long Day

I had a really fun time on my long workout day today. 2300 meters in the pool, followed by a 60 mile bike ride to Crown Point (with some awesome peeps), followed by a short run with Jeff. All preceeded by many days without a rest day, most of which were filled with lots of Z4 interval work. I'm wiped. I fell asleep on the couch in my bike gear (yuck) with an empty lunch plate on my lap. At least it was empty. Last time I was this tired after a workout, I fell alseep on the couch with a full bowl of pasta. When I woke up, it was all over me and in my hair, and parmesan cheese was scattered around the couch.
I learned some good lessons today:

1) I need a rest day more frequently. I worked out on the last two Mondays (my typical rest days) and havn't had a true rest day in about three weeks. Very bad on my part.

2) Pay more attention to fueling! I am usually so good about this. But I recently ran out of my tub of G2, and had to resort to using old freebies of Heed this morning. Heed tastes like saliva. Especially when warm. Because of that (well, and I was busy chatting with friends the entire ride and forgot to fuel), I took in a total of 300 calories by mile 50. And only a 100 cal protein drink prior to the swim. No good. Coming back down Marine Drive I got that wonky bonky feeling. Bill rescued me with his last 3 shot blocks and an extra bottle of malto. Good friends train with you; great friends give you their nutrition. :-)

3) I need to climb more. Lots more. I was able to keep up with the guys going 22-23 mph...until we hit the hills. And then it was Drop City. Jeff and Bill rode with me most of the day. I love those guys.

4) Don't forget to body glide the girly bits. I don't think I need to elaborate here.

5) I am strong. I will finish Ironman.

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