>> Saturday, July 14, 2012
So it's RACE DAY for me! I should have HOPEFULLY just finished the Olympic Distance race at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis. (Check my Twitter page for updates!)
A week ago, I posted about a 43 mile ride - my longest ride in over 2 years. I felt like I was in "base building" mode where I'm just getting in some miles to get ready for "race season." That should happen in March or April... NOT in July. I had no speed on that ride, so I wanted to get in a LITTLE speed work to hopefully remind my legs how to move fast...
... so I decided to do short brick 3 days before my race.
Yeah, I know. That's not the smartest thing to do. But MENTALLY, I needed it.
I kept the distance short, and I didn't go "all out" on the bike and run, just at nearly race pace (and for a lot shorter distances). I first did this 16 mile loop on my bike:
I transitioned for about 2 minutes, reset my Garmin (while changing the mode to "run"), and headed out for a 3 mile "race-pace" runoff:
So at the race today, I WILL glance at my actual pace on the run, but I won't trust it until I hit a mile marker. I'm glad I found this out on a training run, because I'd hate to take off too fast in a race where I stated one of my main goals is NOT to bonk! Notice then (in my run screenshot above) that I slowed up a bit, but still ran mile 2 and 3 in 6:18 and 6:25. I finished those 3 miles feeling a bit worked, but NOT tired or sore. I don't know that I can hold that pace for a full 10K after swimming a mile and biking 25 miles, but I'll give it my best today!
I got home, watered the flowers, and was stretching my legs out by 6:15 a.m. That's what happens when you leave for a workout shortly after 4 a.m. :) Pharmie then headed out for a run of her own, so it was a good morning!
And then after that brick workout, my family came to visit and took Pharmie and I out for our upcoming anniversary. We went to Fogo de Chao (can you say "meat buffet?") for LOTS of meat!! And then we got a free dessert for our anniversary:
Back with maybe a quick race post tonight or tomorrow, a race report Monday, and a GIVEAWAY sometime later in the week! Happy Weekend!